38. ARC Bloodborne Pathogens online course

Around November 1st of this year the four American Red Cross chapters covering Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties will merge to form a single chapter. The new executive director will be Lynne Gump, presently with Darke County. Most other Red Cross paid staff within these six counties are laid off effective on that date.

This and similar actions will save the American National Red Cross many millions of dollars annually. It remains to be seen how the move will impact donations.

No details have been announced regarding the new chapter’s name or how many of the six existing Red Cross offices within the new chapter will be retained, but those details should be released soon.

Previously I have suggested joining Red Cross as a volunteer, as they are eligible for many free classes. I recently retook their Bloodborne Pathogens course, as my annual certification expired in late September. With daily mentions of Ebola in the news, this seemed timely. While you can still reach the paid staff in your area, contact them to obtain the code to take this online course at no cost. Then go to www.redcross.org, click Training & Certification near the top of the page and find Bloodborne Pathogens. It will ask for your code and if the course fee shows 0 dollars you are good to go. Start the course from the email link they send you.