4 REASONS TO GET A CPR CERTIFICATION
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) empowers individuals with lifesaving skills providing them with knowledge to resuscitate someone who goes into cardiac arrest. Giving CPR can help preserve an individual’s brain function during cardiac arrest. Subsequently, learning how to assess and then perform chest compressions and ventilations/breath enables you to supply oxygen to a cardiac arrest victim. This important intervention increased the chance that you’ll be able to keep this individual’s blood flowing and vital organs alive.
Becoming certified in CPR offers numerous benefits, including:
1. YOU CAN SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE.
To better understand the impact of CPR in emergencies, let’s consider the following statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):
a. 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act in a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to perform CPR or their CPR training has significantly lapsed.
b. Only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander.
Four out of five cardiac arrest incidents happen at home; this means a cardiac arrest victim is likely to be a loved one.
c. More than 359,000 emergency medical services-assessed cardiac arrests take place outside of a hospital.
d. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival decrease between 7 percent and 10 percent.
By taking a CPR class, a CPR-certified individual can help reduce the loss of life in emergencies.
2. YOU CAN IMPCACT THE SURVIVABILITY OF CARDIAC ARREST VICTIMS WORLDWIDE.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a global concern and yet very few people know or understand the complexity of the problem.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute defines SCA as a condition that causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. When this occurs, blood stops moving to the brain and other vital organs throughout the body. Unfortunately, a victim of SCA can die if cardiac arrest goes unaddressed for more than a few minutes.
The AHA points out roughly 92 percent of SCA victims die before reaching the hospital. On the flipside, the AHA also indicates that immediate CPR can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival.
Becoming CPR-certified can make an immediate difference for a cardiac arrest victim and his or her family. And if you ever have to perform CPR, you could help increase the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims on a global level.
3. YOU CAN APPLY THESE SKILLS IN YOUR WORKPLACE.
What would you do if one of your co-workers suddenly goes into cardiac arrest in the employee parking lot? If you know how to perform CPR, you can provide immediate support.
Knowing how to assess and then perform CPR suddenly makes you more valuable in your office. Therefore, those who devote the necessary time and resources to understand how to conduct this procedure can add yet another skill to their workplace repertoire.
CPR training programs are also available that make it easy for large groups of workers to learn CPR together. These programs usually don’t take long to complete, and after they’re done, they empower office workers to administer CPR as needed. Give us a call today to learn about our onsite workplace CPR and First Aid training programs.
4. YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO OPERATE THE AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILATOR.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable medical device that may be used when an individual experiences a heart attack and is unresponsive. The AED analyzes the heart’s rhythm and delivers an electrical shock to the heart if needed. The AED ultimately determines if there is a shockable or non-shockable rhythm of which, then, the AED can help restore the heart’s rhythm.
In a CPR and First Aid class at Help-A-Heart CPR the student will learn all about AEDs, how they work and where to find them. CPR classes teach students how to effectively use an AED to help reduce the loss of life in cardiac arrest and first aid emergencies.
Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we offer onsite and off-site CPR and First Aid training. Whether you are a healthcare provider, a member of the general public, or a workplace group seeking to become more empowered in lifesaving skills; we have the class for you. Give us a call today at 210-380-5344.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.