Emergency first aid training offered online

St. John Ambulance Alberta is offering First Aid and CPR Awareness Training online. The organization has partnered with Yardstick, an online learning firm specializing in online workplace training, to create online learning on how to help someone during a life-threatening medical emergency.

“Moving to a highly interactive, modern online format will make these valuable skills accessible to anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection,” the organization said in a news release.

The release cites cardiac emergencies as an example of how training can save lives. There are 2.4 million Canadians with ischemic heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), it stated.

“Fast activation of first aid in cardiac emergencies such as heart attacks is shown to improve the odds of survival,” it said.

The organization said that it is working towards creating a blended certification option for Alberta workplace First Aid/CPR certification where the theory components will be online and the practical assessment and examination will be in class with a certified St. John instructor.

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