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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Wednesday, November 12, 2003
RI Red Cross offering AED courses -- Recent study shows use of defibrillators can double the chances of surviving cardiac arrest

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is encouraging the public be trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators(AED), after a recent study shows they can double the chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

This study, produced in Monday's Providence Journal, found that placing AED's in public places such as office buildings and shopping malls, and training ordinary people to use them, can double the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. 

The RI Red Cross offers Adult CPR/AED courses. Adult CPR is a pre-requisite for taking AED training. The Red Cross has trained nearly 1.5 million people in the use of AED's and it is their hope that there is an AED within four (4) minutes of wherever someone might suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.  You may view the course calendar online at www.riredcross.org to sign up for a lifesaving course. The RI Chapter can also provide information on how to purchase an AED.

So far this year, the Red Cross of Rhode Island has taught 11,759 Rhode Islanders how to save a life and 2,775 Rhode Islanders how to swim or become a lifeguard.  The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.

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