Compression Only – First Aid and CPR for Everyone

As part of a national campaign encouraging Americans to Be Red Cross Ready, the American Red Cross has developed the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit — an at-home tool for practicing compression-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

The First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit is a portable, reasonably priced practice tool that can be used at home, in the office, in classrooms or anywhere it is convenient to practice your skills. The box set features an illustrated guide to demonstrate hand placement on the chest and a compression practice tool to help measure just the right amount of pressure needed to properly administer chest compressions.

Other items included in the kit are the full-length DVD and Emergency First Aid Guide. The kit also includes a full-length instructional DVD, featuring Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning, with easy to follow outlines for basic first aid, building a first aid kit, warning signs of a stroke and what to do in a cardiac emergency. The accompanying Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide is a useful tool to quickly reference the skills demonstrated on the DVD. As a bonus, the kit comes with the Emergency Action Steps Wallet Card, which offers instructions and a full pictorial on how to help someone suffering a cardiac emergency.

As the nation’s leading provider of CPR training, the Red Cross developed the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit in order to address the merits of compression-only CPR and the public’s concern for performing rescue breathing. While this innovative product is not intended to replace the skills learned or the certification gained by participating in a Red Cross training course, the product does allow the public to become familiar with relevant lifesaving information and skills.

Put a new spin on your next holiday party or family get-together by throwing a CPR Party. Across the nation people are replacing the usual party games with CPR parties that are not only fun but help everyone learn potentially lifesaving skills. First Aid and CPR for Everyone makes a great party favor for people of all ages.

First Aid and CPR for Everyone, along with other unique holiday gifts, can be purchased online through the local Red Cross Chapter or online at

To find out how to receive full Red Cross First Aid and CPR/ Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and certification, contact your local chapter at 815.963.8471

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 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.

SOURCE American Red Cross


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