Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Red Cross conducts Middle Tennessee's first open-to-the-public CPR class in Spanish

Baptist Hospital, the Community Foundation, and the Nashville Area Red Cross recently hosted a Spanish-language CPR class at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The participants in this class learned to save lives by recognizing and responding to victims of heart attacks, stroke, and choking (both conscious and unconscious). According to the Red Cross, being able to perform CPR early on is crucial in preventing brain damage and will greatly increase a victim’s odds for survival.

The entire content for this event was in Spanish - the video, learning materials, and the live education from instructors. Each participant earned a CPR certification card at the conclusion of the class.

Photos of the event are here.

The Tennessean reported here that this was the Red Cross' first public CPR class to be held in Spanish in Middle Tennessee:
The growth of the Hispanic community, including English and Spanish speakers, shows the need to offer the class, said Matt Moody, manager of health and safety services for the chapter.
"We have not had, and still don't have, a strong enough working relationship with the Latino community," Moody said. "This will be a doorway for folks into the Red Cross, and we have the opportunity to broaden our base of volunteers."
Red Cross volunteers have given the class in Spanish, but only when businesses asked for it. Moody estimates there about a dozen CPR classes for Spanish speakers at businesses each year in the chapter area.

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