Learn CPR

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Find out when and where we can teach you how to perform hands-only CPR, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. 

Free Instruction

Wake County EMS is offering free, hands-only CPR classes in 2023! The two-hour courses will take place on Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 9, and May 17 at the Emergency Services Education Center, 221 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh. Register for your preferred date and time using the button below:

Register here

In addition to CPR, participants will learn how to correctly use an automated external defibrillator, or AED, a medical device that can help restore a normal heartbeat in certain situations.

More Information

According to the American Heart Association, over 350,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year.    

Bystanders and family are not helpless to assist. In many cases they can provide vital support that will dramatically increase the victim's chances for survival.   

Hands-only CPR is the chest compression part of traditional CPR. If you do chest compressions until we get there, you will help give the victim their best chance at a good outcome.   

Using an Automatic External Defibrillator is also an important next step in cardiac arrest survival. Many AEDs are now available in public places. It doesn't require certification to use. Just pull it off the wall and follow the simple 1-2-3 steps.   

Chest compressions help circulate blood when the heart has stopped. AEDs help restore a normal heartbeat in certain situations.  

Does your building or company have an AED? Please register it using PulsePoint AED. If anyone calls 9-1-1 from your location, we can give them instructions over the phone on exactly where to find the AED and how to use it.   

Give them their best chance! Learn how here:  

The American Heart Association has partnered with Laerdal Medical Corporation to create a self-directed learning program on CPR and AED, called CPR Anytime®.   

In addition, Hands-Only CPR is a lifesaving option to be used by people not trained in conventional CPR or those who are unsure of their ability to give the combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing it requires. By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, trained in conventional CPR or not.