Get CPR + First Aid Certified Online


Article by Kate Baxendale

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Have you ever thought about getting certified in First Aid and/or CPR? These life-saving skills are crucial in medical emergencies, and you never know when you may need to step up and help.

What is CPR?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency procedure that helps save a person's life when they stop breathing or their heart stops. Even if you don't have formal training, you can keep an adult alive until first responders arrive by providing chest compressions.

  1. Place both hands at the center of their chest, one on top of the other with fingers interlocked.
  2. Press straight down into their chest at a rate of about 100-120 compressions per minute. Don't be afraid to push hard, about 2 inches into their chest.
  3. Continue performing compressions—it helps to do them to the beat of "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees—until professional help arrives.

READ MORE: 3 Things You May Not Know About CPR

What is First Aid?

According to Healthline.com, first aid is the act of providing basic medical care to someone who is experiencing a sudden injury or illness. This can range from treating bee stings; nose bleeds; minor burns, cuts or scrapes; heatstroke and other medical emergencies.

READ MORE: Introduction to First Aid

How It Works

The American Red Cross offers both CPR and First Aid certification classes online, so you can learn this important information at your own pace.

Online CPR and First Aid courses are divided into a number of highly interactive modules, which you can take in virtually any order. And with unlimited two-year access to the course materials, you can take your time getting through class, or complete all of the modules at once, then revisit the materials and refresh your skills as needed.

Note: Since online classes don't allow you to demonstrate your skills in front of an instructor, it may not meet requirements for workplace safety certifications.

To learn more about the American Red Cross' online certification classes, visit RedCross.org.

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