According to the New Holland Ambulance Association, the extremely low 6.4% cardiac arrest survival rate is largely due to witnesses not knowing how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, as well as the failure to employ an AED. While we tend to think of this emergency medical training as only being necessary for medical professionals, lifeguards, and fire fighters, learning CPR is simple enough that everyone should know it.
7 reasons you should be CPR-certified
CPR training is inexpensive and accessible. Certifications last two years, and while staying up to date with the latest American Heart Association guidelines is highly recommended, once you know CPR, you know it. Here are 7 reasons to become a hero, ASAP.
It’s easy. If a kid can learn CPR, so can you! CPR can be performed by just about anyone, and the objective of quality training is to find a technique that works best with your specific limitations.
Mouth to mouth is not always necessary. The AHA found that mouth to mouth resuscitation may prevent bystanders from applying CPR. Their concern is about not knowing how to do it properly or a hygienic reluctance to risk disease. In response and in light of the latest research on CPR efficacy, the latest AHA CPR guidelines promote a chest compression only technique in many cases.
You might save someone you love. A vast majority of cardiac arrests occur while victims are at home. Chances are, if you ever have to use your CPR training, it’ll be on someone you care about.
You’ll know how NOT to make things worse. CPR training not only teaches lifesaving techniques, it also instructs on when to apply them and how to prevent any further damage.
You can save their mind too. Brain death can begin as soon as 4 minutes after the heart stops beating. When administered soon enough, CPR can help minimize the brain damage risks associated with cardiac arrest.
Confidence. Knowing what to do in an emergency carries over into your general outlook of yourself and life – knowing how to save lives builds confidence for individuals, employees, and families.
You get to use AEDs. Automated External Defibrillators are a portable version of the “shock paddles” you’ve probably seen countless times on television and movies. AEDs have come to play a more significant role in CPR training since the 1980s. More and more business are installing AEDs, and home units have been available for over 20 years.
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The American Heart Association reports that only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. Think about all the lives that could be saved if everyone took it upon themselves to learn this vital skill – especially if more AEDs are available and employed.