In our faced paced world and with the need for everything digital-sometimes its easy to forget the importance of doing some things in a face-to-face environment. I feel that CPR and First Aid training is one of them. While online learning is wonderful and so convenient, it is also necessary to hone one's lifesaving skills and that is something that requires training by an experienced instructor. Take for example the recent incident in which the New York City police department fired a shot into a Brooklyn housing project and a bullet ricocheted and hit a man. While the man lie dying, a bystander called 911 and was unsuccessfully coached over the phone on how to perform CPR. While a police officer was present, when asked in court why he didn't begin CPR, he explained that felt that the bystander was more adept than he.
Unfortunately, time is what matters. If the person is not receiving adequate oxygen then permanent brain damage occurs and only takes approximately 4 minutes for brain damage to occur and death can occur in 6 minutes.
While emergency situations will arise and often when we least expect; take the time today to invest in a 3-4 hour face-to-face class to learn the basics of CPR and how to effectively operate the AED. Remember, it all starts with "Call 911, Grab the AED". Unfortunately, the problems lies in that many American people don't know where or what the AED is.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.