Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CPR and AEDs in the Parks

CPR and defibrillators save lives. Heart attacks are a very common cause of death, and these methods and technology can often save people.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority like many public places has AEDs (defibrillators) readily available in many locations. These devices are remarkably easy to use, and they will not shock the person in need unless it determines that a shock would be useful.

In addition to these great devices, many of the staff at the Regional Park Authority are Red Cross trained in CPR and first aid. I just went through this training and I would encourage everyone to get this kind of training. Just the first aid I learned in Boy Scouts years ago has helped me provide aid to other in need several times. Having updated skills and training helps anyone be ready to assist other when and if there is a need.

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