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American Red Cross unveils new training programs

YAKIMA - This spring the Yakima Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will begin implementing the newly revised first aid and CPR/AED courses for work place, schools and community members.

The Red Cross programs have been updated with the latest science available for first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC).

For the first time in Red Cross training history, students will be able to use on-screen skills demonstrations along with hands-on instruction.

This "practice-while-you-watch" instructional method is just one way the Red Cross is making it easier for everyone to be trained and certified in lifesaving skills. By practicing along with a video, students are more engaged and receive more one-on-one coaching by a Red Cross-trained instructor.

Flexible training programs for first aid, CPR and AED will be offered, which will allow a program to be customized to fit specific needs. Instructors will be available to schedule training, even on nights and weekends, with specific courses an organization need.

New Red Cross training materials are featuring expansive references in an easier-to-read format.

The revisions being made are the result of latest scientific research. Every five years, international organizations and experts in the field of first aid and emergency care come together to review and evaluate the latest data on injury and care. The American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety, an independent panel of nationally recognized health and safety experts, played an integral role in evaluating the new data.

The new guidelines-American Red Cross 2005 Guidelines for Emergency Care and Education and 2005 Guidelines in First Aid-have updated and incorporated the most advanced science in injury prevention and care.

For more information or to schedule training for your work place, school or community, contact the Yakima Valley Chapter at 509-457-1690 or log on to www.yakimaredcross.org for a list of courses available.

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