Why You Should Become CPR Certified
CPR Month – Are you Prepared?
Each November, CPR Month is recognized to help spread awareness and advocate for individuals to learn the necessary skills it takes to save a life. Becoming CPR certified is more than just a skill to have; you could be the reason someone lives.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is a life-saving procedure used in emergency situations to help people survive and recover from cardiac arrest.
CPR procedures incorporate chest compressions with artificial ventilation to reestablish partial blood flow to deliver oxygen to the brain and heart, allowing other organs to function.
With a procedure available like this, the only problem is that not enough people know how to administer CPR. Without this information, it could lead to dangerous consequences for those who might need it.
When an emergency occurs, people often let their fear and anxiety cloud their judgment – this is completely normal. Despite its normalcy, it becomes important to learn the basics of CPR to eliminate any guesses and help the person immediately.
How to Administer CPR
The first step after noticing if someone is unconscious and not breathing is to call 9-1-1 or your local EMS unit.
One of the most effective ways to remember the CPR procedure is to think of the acronym CAB.
C – Compressions: Push hard and fast in the center of the casualty’s chest. Compressions should be given at a rate between 100 to 120 beats per minute. Just think of Bee Gee’s hit “Staying Alive” for speed reference – no coincidence there! At a depth of 2 – 2.4 inches, these compressions should be given 30 times before continuing to the next step.
A – Airway: Place your hand on their forehead, and tilt their head back while lifting their chin. This will open their airway to allow for rescue breaths.
B – Breathing: Pinch the nose of the casualty and give 2 rescue breaths. You will see the casualty’s chest rise if properly administered.
Continue rounds of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until EMS arrives. *If you are uncomfortable or unsure of proper rescue breath technique, hands-only CPR is still very effective and encouraged!
See our CPR Procedure Infographic for future use.
The Importance of Becoming CPR Certified
When the heart stops, it doesn’t care where you are, or what you are doing. Heart stoppages can occur at any time, whether it be from having a heart attack, drowning and not accessing enough oxygen, being electrocuted and causing irregular rhythms, or even going into sudden and unknown cardiac arrest.
Since it has been known that 80% of cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital, it is important to know what you can do as a bystander to immediately help an individual in an emergency situation.
You may be asking yourself “why can’t I just wait for an emergency response team to help?” Well, the hard truth is that brain damage can occur after just 4-6 minutes after cardiac arrest. With the average ambulance arrival time being 7 minutes, there leaves little room for responders to help in time to prevent potential brain damage.
If not the most important reason; research shows that you are more likely to have to administer CPR on a loved one, rather than a stranger. With even more emotion building up due to the relationship you have with a loved one, you do not want to have to rely on the CPR skills you learned from watching Grey’s Anatomy. You would want to be certified to build confidence in yourself and the procedure before the blur of fear and anxiety is considered.
Where Can You Learn CPR?
Heartzap Safety’s first aid and CPR training courses are valuable tools for individuals, companies/organizations, and society in general. Contact Heartzap Safety — your health and safety company—if you’re interested in becoming CPR certified!