NSC Instructor Insider Newsletter

October 2018

Compelling AHA Stats to Use in Your CPR/AED Courses

AEDEarlier this year, the American Heart Association released statistics about cardiac arrest fatalities. Incorporating these numbers into your presentations will reinforce with students that they can save lives with the training they are receiving. All numbers are for outside-the-hospital incidents in the U.S.

  • Over 356,000 cardiac arrests happen annually (approximately 347,000 adults and over 7,000 children under age 18)
  • Nearly 90% of cardiac arrests are fatal
  • Overall, 12.4% of cardiac arrest victims survive to hospital discharge
  • When bystanders used an AED on a cardiac arrest victim, 49% survive to hospital discharge
  • When first responders used an AED on a cardiac arrest victim, 28% survive to hospital discharge
  • When EMS personnel used an AED on a cardiac arrest victim, 27% survive to hospital discharge

It is clear that the sooner victims receive AED treatment, the more likely they are to survive.

First Aid Student Saves a Life on the Job

Rick Norsworthy, assistant superintendent at HITT Contracting in Falls Church, Va., demonstrated the importance of First Aid and CPR training. While walking a job site, Rick noticed a crowd of workers who had discovered that a fellow worker had collapsed. The bystanders were unsure of what to do, and Rick stepped forward to render assistance. He quickly recognized that the worker was not breathing and unresponsive. Rick performed several full rounds of CPR until the worker regained his pulse and was breathing on his own.

Rick’s actions are an important reminder of the reason current First Aid and CPR training are so important. Rick commented that he could hear the voice of instructor Ronnie Holmes in his head as he performed the actions that brought a worker back to life. Ronnie has been a long-time part of the company's Safety Department and has been responsible for providing National Safety Council First Aid, CPR and AED training to hundreds of company workers over the years. Rick and Ronnie share a great passion for what they do, and that passion made the greatest difference of all: a life saved.

Bahrain Company Trains 42% of Employees in First Aid

Most companies with a safety program have a goal of training 10% to 15% of their employees in First Aid and CPR. Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. of Bahrain have given 42% of their employees First Aid, CPR and AED certification training in their international training center. GPIC has a corporate social responsibility goal to educate and train across all aspects of their society. As part of their First Aid Programme and Community Outreach Initiative, they have educated employees and their family members, contractors, students and others in First Aid and other life-saving training programs.

Emergency Preparedness Training

emergencyIs your organization prepared to make good choices in the event of disasters, violence, terrorism, weather, active shooters or other workplace emergencies? Where do you start?

The NSC Emergency Preparedness program is a turnkey, customizable eight-course training program that is available to help you prepare and be ready to act. Learn more about this training.

For a limited time, get a 25% discount on all Emergency Preparedness products. Call (800) 621-7615 to order and mention code EMP25. No other discounts apply with this offer.

Verify Your Status on the New Instructor Registry

The new NSC Online Instructor Registry is now available to all NSC First Aid Instructors. This system allows you to:

  • Verify the courses you are authorized to teach
  • Review the status of your certification (Current, Expired, Terminated)

You can find this link on the First Aid home page, as well.

Meet the Newest Member of the First Aid Team: Candis Peters

At some point in your career as an NSC first aid instructor, you will have the opportunity to talk to Candis Peters, our new First Aid Training Coordinator.

With a 10-year history in relationship management, Candis knows how to bring people together. Whether managing class logistics or troubleshooting unforeseen situations, Candis will make certain that our instructors and organizations get the important training they need.

When she’s not on the phone or sending emails to sales team members, instructors and corporate customers for NSC classes, Candis is happily spending time with her soon-to-be husband or curled up on the couch with a good book.

Get to Know NSC: Home & Community Injury Prevention


As one of our valued first aid instructors, you help others gain the skills they need to save lives and treat injuries. Two facts of note: 72% of fatal injuries occur at home or in public, and preventable injuries are the third leading cause of death.

Did you know that another group of dedicated NSC professionals is working to help prevent injuries and fatalities from happening in the first place?

Our Home & Community Injury Prevention team, part of the Advocacy department, is working to better understand how people get hurt and to make home a safer place to be. Like you, they are dedicated to the NSC mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime. Learn more about the Home & Community Injury Prevention initiative.

NSC First Aid Training Catalog

First Aid Training Courses

The catalog showcases all our latest products and first aid training supplies.

Introducing the NSC First Aid CPR Poster


Our poster includes easy-to-follow instructions to reinforce and remind your employees and students about the steps they need to take in the event of a cardiac arrest. Display it prominently in your workplace or classroom where employees and students can reference it when they need it. Measures 17" x 26"; $14.99 each. Posters are available for purchase here.




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