By Olivia Bayuk RN, American Red Cross Volunteer As I look out my window in Post Falls, Idaho, at the snow slowly piling up on trees and roadways, I realize, with a start, that we have once again reached that time of year -- the time of snow, sledding, decorations, presents, family, and travel. For many people, it is a joyous season, as they look forward to the colors, the music, the anticipation of Christmas morning, and the promise of visits from acquaintances old and new.
It is that time of year. Pumpkins, hot chocolate, leaf raking, and the flu. As the weather gets colder and people head indoors, cases of influenza start to rise. The start of flu season varies every year. Typically, it starts around October, peaks between December and February, and starts to taper off toward spring.
Accidents happen - burns from a kitchen fire, a broken limb from a fall, heat exhaustion on a sweltering day. You can prepare for these inevitable mishaps by learning first aid from the American Red Cross and by outfitting your home with the tools needed to treat a medical emergency.
By Gordon Williams The American Red Cross is always there in times of need—including during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s our hope that, in an emergency, there will always be trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives. Would you know how to provide that assistance if called on? Would you … Continue reading How to be a Red Cross lifesaver – safely
By Kristin Alexander Angela Mirador and Jeremy McCrimmon, on the day he came home from the hospital All of Angela Mirador’s training had led up to this life-or-death moment. July 26, 2019 started like any other hot summer day. Mirador, a nurse at an assisted living facility, and her 2-year-old daughter were in the front … Continue reading Bremerton woman’s lifesaving actions described as a “miracle”
By Gordon Williams Lifesaving Award recipients, the survivor and Red Cross leadership at a recognition event in Everett, WA The story begins on October 19, 2018 when a cardiac condition dropped Stan Runyon unconscious to the floor of the Boeing plant in Everett, WA. It ends with four Boeing employees being given Red Cross Lifesaving … Continue reading How Red Cross Training Saved a Life
NW Region Volunteers stand with fellow Red Crossers in Cihuatlán, Mexico By Emily Thornton They wanted to get away from it all, as they have for the last four years on their trip to San Patricio, Mexico — but found themselves in the familiar position of helping people in need. American Red Cross volunteers Terry … Continue reading Volunteering from Washington to Mexico and back again
The mini-term class visited the Red Cross building in Tacoma, WA, January 2019 By Gordon Williams On a regular school day, students at three innovative sister high schools in Tacoma might attend classes in graphic design or songwriting or maybe zoology. But for three-and-a-half weeks this January, 44 students from the three schools--Tacoma School of … Continue reading Why these High Schoolers took a class on the Red Cross
By Dale Steinke With mass shootings dominating headlines in the U.S., it’s becoming more important than ever that bystanders know how to react to increase their odds of survival and to keep gunshot victims alive until trained medical professionals arrive. That’s the intent of the “Stop the Bleed” initiative, launched by the White House in … Continue reading Stopping the Bleed may Save a Life
By Nihit Pokhrel The American Red Cross is revolutionizing adult CPR training with the new BigRed mannequin. BigRed provides instant feedback for learners and increases both the confidence and willingness of a responder to provide care in an emergency situation. The decision to swap out old mannequins for BigRed comes from scientific evidence including the 2015 International … Continue reading Three Cheers for “BigRed”