scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
Kim Elmore (KDMcElmore@AOL.COM
Fri Jul 14 2000 - 11:15:01 CDT
The Red Cross is updating its first aid and CPR training. This is being done gradually by each chapter, so it may not have reached your area yet. The Metropolitan Atlanta Red Cross, for example, is still teaching Community First Aid and Safety if you want to know CPR and First Aid for adults, children (ages 1-8) and infants, but if you request CPR and first aid for adults, which many troops do (the CFAS course is a LONG day), you will now get one or more modules of Workplace Safety. Don't let the name fool you, it is still a good course for Boy Scouts, it will teach you first aid and CPR for anyone over the age of 8. Total course length is 5-1/2 hours. The name change seems to be a marketing thing, and there is also an optional module which covers use of defibrillators and two others on falls and ergonomics--I figure their purpose is to reduce worker's comp claims (a HUGE issue in the business world now), and thereby market more classes to businesses. The new class also !
emphasizes use of gloves and breathing barriers--you now must practice with them instead of simply seeing what they look like. The one thing that it no longer covers is applying splints; they only teach an arm sling. There is another 2-hour optional module called something like When Help is Delayed which still covers splints and what to do when you are in remote areas, but our chapter does not offer it yet (not enough demand, they say, but we're trying to convince them otherwise).
volunteer Red Cross CPR instructor (one of many hats)