Red Cross wraps up CPR/AED awareness week

Learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest or another medical emergency.

The Red Cross celebrated the first National CPR/AED Awareness Week, which ends Saturday. During this time, the nonprofit encourages the public to learn these skills.

“The Red Cross wants the public to know that everyone has the power to save a life. At least one person in every household and on every office floor should be trained and certified in first aid and CPR/AED,” Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawai‘i Chapter, said. “On average, it takes emergency personnel 10 minutes to arrive on scene. For someone who is choking or has stopped breathing, that may be too late. By learning simple rescue skills, you can go from being a helpless bystander to a person with the ability to take control and help someone during an emergency.”

The Hawai‘i Red Cross offers CPR & AED classes regularly, and AED units can be purchased for the home or office.

Visit www.hawaiiredcross.org for a list of classes.

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