The death of an 87-year-old woman in California has been big in the news this week after she was denied CPR. Wednesday morning we're with the Red Cross to find out what training options are available to become CPR certified.
This recent incident happened at Glenwood Gardens, a California elder care facility in Bakersfield, California. Eighty-seven-year-old Lorraine Bayless died February 26th after collapsing in the facility's dining room.
When Bayless collapsed a woman who identified herself as a nurse called 911, but said her company's policies did not allow staff to provide CPR to residents in distress. The company says the employee who refused to cooperate with a 911 dispatcher did not understand company policies. Parent company Brookdale Senior Living said in a statement Tuesday that the incident "resulted from a complete misunderstanding of our practice," regarding emergency care. Brookdale says that employee is on voluntary leave while the company investigates.
This incident brings up a lot of questions. One of them being, would you know what to do if you found yourself with someone who needed lifesaving help. If someone started choking, or was having a cardiac, or first aid emergency would you know what to do? The American Red Cross says their hands-on learning, First Aid/CPR/AED courses give you the skills to save a life.
The Red Cross says all of their course options align with OSHA's best practices for workplace First Aid Training Programs and are available in classroom and blended learning formats. Certification is issued upon successful completion.
The course is anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on the course option. The American Red Cross offers several different course options: First Aid will teach you how to respond to first aid emergencies ranging from cuts to head, neck, and back injuries.
The CPR/AED training will teach you how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults. It will also teach you how to use the automated external defibrillators (AED.)
If you've already been certified there is also a review and renew course option for First Aid CPR/AED certification. For this, current certification is required.
Join the KSFY Morning News on Wednesday to see live demonstrations from the American Red Cross in Sioux Falls.