What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving skill that can help keep a person who suffers cardiac arrest alive until advanced medical help arrives. The administration of effective chest compression helps to circulate blood to the heart and vital organs, especially the brain. CPR can be given to seniors, adults, children as well as infants.
What is an AED?
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a device which is used to shock a person’s heart back to a ‘normal’ rhythm. The use and availability of AED’s have become commonplace and they are highly effective when readily available. For an adult, it is a priority to use an AED on the person within the first few minutes. A CPR course covers the use of an AED and how to follow through the prompts and apply the pads to the victims chest.
Why Learn CPR?
Taking a CPR class will teach you skills that will make you feel comfortable in addressing and assisting in an emergency situation involving respiratory or cardiac arrest. It is never mandatory to help anyone, as this is always a personal choice. You can choose to offer assistance until paramedics or other advanced care arrives, which may take anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes in an urban area.
What if I panic and don’t remember what to do?
The CPR class is designed in such a way that repeated hands-on practice with mannequins are performed multiple times throughout the session. The sequence for CPR has become simplified over the last 10 years so that any layperson can learn how to effectively administer hard and fast chest compression’s. Even if all you do is phone for help and begin the CPR sequence of 5 sets of 30 compression’s/2 breaths that can make a difference as opposed to doing nothing.
Who should take a CPR class?
Anyone, and everyone as young as 12 years old can participate in taking a CPR course! The 3 hour course will teach you how to do CPR and use an AED on Adult and Child, as well as how to save a choking person. It also covers infant CPR and choking as well. It is always better to have the skills and not need to use them rather than being in an unfortunate situation where you wished you could have helped someone but didn’t know what to do.