Artificial Respiration (the Schaefer Method)

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First Aid

For over 60 years, the Canadian Red Cross has helped train millions of Canadians in injury prevention. Programs like first aid, CPR and swimming and water safety provide critical information about safety and how to respond in emergencies. Initially, Red Cross injury prevention programs were directly offered through the Canadian Red Cross - this meant training would happen in Red Cross offices and locations.

This 1947 publication, Artificial Respiration (the Schaefer Method), is an early example of how the Canadian Red Cross would provide up-to-date training for instructors and students in first aid, swimming and water safety.

Over time it became clear that this was not the most effective way to reach as many Canadians as possible with these important programs, as it meant we could only offer training in areas with a Red Cross branch. 

The solution was to change how and where programs were being taught. The Canadian Red Cross redesigned how programs were delivered, by moving to work with Training Partners in 1991. Red Cross Training Partners hire instructors who are certified by the Canadian Red Cross to teach programs based on national program standards. Training Partners can include colleges, community centres, and training businesses. 

Red Cross Training Partners increase the ability to bring these programs to more Canadians, because it takes away the limitations of only being able to offer instruction in communities or areas with Red Cross branches. This model of delivering instruction means Canadian Red Cross injury prevention programs can be offered wherever we have Red Cross Training Partners. 

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