Save A Life With CPR/First Aid Class At UNM-LA

Students perform CPR on dummies. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

There’s no better time than the present to learn to save a life.

UNM-LA Community Education is offering a one-day certification course on CPR and basic first aid called EMS 193 AED/CPR/First Aid Training, taught by Joe Candelaria, 9:30-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in room 612 at UNM-LA.

Candelaria is director of the UNM-LA Fire Science Program and a Los Alamos Fire Department certified instructor. The class fee is $95 and may be taken for one hour of credit.

Cardiac arrest strikes more than 300,000 people every year in the United States, but with some simple cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR training, the victim’s chance of surviving increases by more than double according to the American Heart Association. Most people feel powerless during a cardiac emergency because of their lack of experience with CPR or a fear of doing more harm to the victim, but failure to act could result in an avoidable death.

In this hands-on class, the adult-specific CPR training includes how to respond to emergency situations, how to recognize the signs of a heart attack as they’re happening, and how to care for an adult who stops breathing, is choking, or whose heart stops beating.

Additionally, students will learn to use the lifesaving Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a device all 50 states require in public places, which greatly increases the odds of survival for those experiencing a cardiac event. According to the American Heart Association, more than 85 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home, and for every minute that a defibrillation is delayed, survival decreases 7­ to 10 percent.

With summer in full swing, these life-saving skills are more important than ever while people are enjoying outdoor and physical activities. The first aid training offered in this class includes the basics of wound care, controlling bleeding, and instruction on bandaging. Information about poisoning, sudden illness, and how to care for other injuries also will be discussed.

A book is included, and upon completion of the class, students will receive a two-year certification card from the American Heart Association. 

To register online visit: and follow the Personal Enrichment link. For more information about UNM-LA Community Education, call 505.662.0346 or email

To take as a credit class, visit: or call UNM-LA Student Services, 505.662.0332.

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