Space is limited and deadline to register is April 24.

ALTON - People who have cardiac arrests may benefit from CPR, yet many people who witness cardiac arrest do not perform CPR. That’s why OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center (1 St. Anthony’s Way, Alton) is hosting an upcoming first aid and CPR training class so Riverbend area residents are prepared to take action if necessary.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

The first aid and CPR training class will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the hospital’s Perpetual Help Center and led by a certified instructor. Space is limited and the deadline to register is Monday, April 24. The cost is $65 per person.

Registration can be completed by calling (618) 920-6816 or by email at

Article continues after sponsor message

“Knowing CPR and first aid can help save lives,” says Dennis E. Sands, MD, Chief Medical Officer, OSF Saint Anthony’s. “If your child or loved one isn't breathing, knowing how to do CPR could mean the difference between life and death. Emergencies can strike at any time, and it may take several minutes before help arrives.”

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an emergency procedure that can help save a person’s life if their breathing or heart stops. “When a person’s heart stops beating, they are in cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body, including the brain and lungs. Death could happen in minutes without treatment. CPR uses chest compressions to mimic how the heart pumps. These compressions help keep blood flowing throughout the body,” says Dr. Sands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site, currently, about 9 in 10 people who have cardiac arrest outside the hospital die. But CPR can help improve those odds. If it is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival.

The CDC also states that about 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals each year—and about 7 in 10 of those happen at home. Unfortunately, about half of the people who experience cardiac arrests at home don’t get the help they need from bystanders before an ambulance arrives.

More like this:

Mar 17, 2023 | OSF Saint Anthony’s To Host First Aid And CPR Training Class

Jan 18, 2023 | OSF Saint Anthony’s To Host First Aid and CPR Training Class  

Feb 7, 2023 | CPR Training/First Aid Classes Set At Saint Anthony's Health Center In Alton

Feb 6, 2014 | Saint Anthony’s Promotes CPR/AED Training

Mar 31, 2017 | Edwardsville Township installs AED units at Township Park, office