Why should you do CPR training? You never know when you could be in a position where you could help saves someone's life. Imagine your child had an accident or a close friend of yours collapsed, or perhaps it was a complete stranger who needed help. You would obviously call the emergency services but it can take time before they get to the scene. In the meantime, your child, friend or the stranger could die just because you failed to take a CPR class.
If you have taken CPR training or become qualified in administering CPR, nobody will expect you to take the place of a medic but most doctors will tell you that having someone with the ability to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation can help save lives. Did you know that less than 10% of Americans who have a cardiac arrest survive if they were not in hospital when the attack happened.
American CPR training is available in lots of different places either through work, college or schools. You may have read stories in the newspapers. One recent case involved a lady who collapsed with a severe asthma attack and owes her life to her three sons all aged under 12. The eldest had taken a CPR class at school and was able to keep her breathing with the help of his younger brothers until the ambulance arrived. You could do this too if you undertake some training in CPR.
The actual process of how to do CPR will be explained at the class. It is not sufficient just to read about it. You have to practice and usually there will be dummy dolls available just for the purpose. But it will help to understand why someone would need CPR and how giving it can save a life.
Safety training classes will cover all you need to know but in a way that is understandable. There will be no jargon used or complicated procedures. You will be able to do child or infant CPR when you have passed your American Heart CPR training. The Red Cross offer excellent emergency cardiovascular care training as well.
When the heart stops beating, the blood stops circulating through your system resulting in a severe drop in oxygen being delivered to the major organs including your brain. Lack of oxygen, even for only a few seconds, can cause severe brain damage or death.
Basic life support classes teach you that when doing CPR on someone you are maintaining circulation artificially which may be enough to keep the oxygen levels up until the emergency team arrives. You have to combine the chest compressions with rescue breathing techniques. Passing these safety training classes will give you the confidence and knowledge to undertake these life saving actions.
So what should you do if you find yourself in an emergency situation? Hopefully there will be at least two people around, one who can call the emergency services while you start administering CPR and then they can assist you. If you are on your own, you should always first call for an ambulance and then move to helping the victim. The only exception to this rule is if the person is unconscious due to drowning.
If you are alone and involved in a drowning incident, it is important that you first administer 5 rescue breathes, 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths continuing for at least one minute before calling the emergency services.
Your aim is to try to keep oxygen circulating in the victims system. By giving rescue breaths you can force air into a victim’s lung and potentially keep him alive. Pushing down on the chest using the correct technique can help maintain blood circulation. The combination of the two techniques works best but if you are reluctant or unable to give rescue breaths, giving chest compressions only can still help.
Some people worry about where to train. When it comes to CPR training the Red Cross or American Heart Association courses are fantastic. Both will teach you the exact skills you need to help someone in an emergency situation. Once you complete your basic CPR classes you may have the confidence to proceed and take some AED training classes.
An AED is an automated external defibrillator that will shock someone’s heart and hopefully restart it. If the victim has had a cardiac arrest, a combination of CPR and a defibrillator or automated external defibrillator can save their life. Studies show there is a higher chance of survival the earlier the AED device is used. But you must be trained in how to use an AED as well as being able to administer CPR.
Some people just assume that it will be too difficult to learn these techniques but it is actually quite easy. In fact CPR training should really be made compulsory for all parents, teachers and anyone involved in public service. More lives could be saved if more people had even the basic qualifications. You do not need any specific skills to attend a class. If your kids are offered CPR classes in school, you should make sure they take them.
So what are you waiting for? Why not find out more about CPR training in your area today.