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--January 20, 2006--

In anticipation of changing our record keeping from CHERS over to ATLAS, please ensure students note their email addresses on the course record sheet. The email addresses are used for notifying students of certification expirations and changes to courses.

--November 29, 2005--
CPR / First Aid Updates

WASHINGTON, Monday, November 28, 2005 — The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association have announced that, through a unique collaboration, the two organizations have jointly released the 2005 Guidelines for First Aid.

The American Red Cross began its leadership in first aid training in 1903, under the leadership of its founder, Clara Barton. Barton originally established first aid instruction for the nation's industrial workers, whose dangerous working conditions caused frequent accidents and deaths. Today, the American Red Cross builds on its leadership in first aid training and education and coupled with the American Heart Association to co-develop standardized guidelines for performing first aid techniques.

The 2005 Guidelines for First Aid are the results of an American Red Cross and American Heart Association jointly sponsored and co-led review of first aid science in order to create new recommendations and guidelines comprised of the latest scientific data. The newly founded First Aid Science Advisory Board - another collaboration of the two organizations – spearheaded the study after the decision was made to review the existing Guidelines developed by the American Heart Association in 2000. The group conducted research of the latest first aid science and reviewed the data in order to produce a consensus for the new guidelines. The First Aid Science Advisory Board consists of volunteer members of the health and safety community who are considered to be premiere stakeholders in the field of first aid.

The new guidelines have been jointly released by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association as part of the 2005 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Newly reviewed topics in the Guidelines will include use of oxygen, use of inhalers, use of epinephrine auto-injectors, wounds and abrasions, dental injuries, snakebite, and cold emergencies (hypothermia and frostbite). One new recommendation derived from the data is in treatment for poisoning. First aid providers should not have victims drink anything, including milk or water, or give the victim activated charcoal or syrup of ipecac unless told to do so by the Poison Control Center. First aid providers should call the Poison Control Center in cases of poisoning.

“The American Red Cross is proud of its relationship with the American Heart Association. The creation of national first aid guidelines based upon scientific evidence and consensus will standardize the way people respond to many common first aid emergencies,” said David Markenson, M.D., chair of the American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety. “Utilizing its expertise in health and safety education, the American Red Cross will take the new information from the guidelines for first aid, as well as the CPR/ECC guidelines, and incorporate them into all new and revised training courses for the public beginning in spring 2006.” This innovative new partnership will have significant influence on the way in which first aid is performed throughout the country. The 2005 Guidelines will ensure that, going forward, first aid being taught and administered in the field is the result of the latest statistical data and highest quality of research by two leaders in the field.

The 2005 Guidelines for First Aid, in its entirety, can be accessed on the American Red Cross website by clicking here
CPR First Aid Update


The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through almost 900 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some 4 million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of more than 180 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. Marsha J. Evans is the President and CEO of the American Red Cross and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is Chairman of the American Red Cross.

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--November 4, 2005--
All instructors should send an email to Robin Willis so we will have a database of all instructors email addresses to better keep you informed of any changes/updates to courses, and upcoming happenings at the Chapter.




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