CPR stands for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. When a person stops breathing, the vital organs start losing necessary oxygen. The heart will stop beating. By performing CPR, you will force air into the lungs while compressing the chest to try to jumpstart the heart pump until these actions are taken over by an ambulance attendant or the person begins breathing on their own. Timing is critical.
Why Learn CPR
If you have children or family members, you will be prepared to undertake this procedure in case of an emergency. Peace of mind knowing you have the knowledge, allows you to calmly handle a medical emergency of a family member.
In case of a natural disaster, road accident, anything where people get hurt, you will be able to help instead of feeling helpless. You never know when your CPR training will come in handy.
Where Can You Learn CPR?
Classes are offered on a fairly regular basis. Some are free, some are offered for a minimal cost. You local town or city hall can help you find training in your area. An internet search can also be helpful. Check with:
· Local Red Cross
· Area Hospitals
· Local colleges, universities
· Community Centers
· Local YMCA/YWCA
· Online Tutorials
Successful completion of CPR and First Aid Training usually is documented with certification. Usually you are issued a card for carrying in your wallet. Even online training can earn you certification.
Isn’t CPR A Danger To My Health?
Mouth protectors, sanitary gloves and hand-held-ventilators have taken most of the risk out of CPR and administering First Aid. When it comes to saving the life of a loved one, you will not be concerned with your safety.
At the very least, every household and vehicle should be equipped with a First Aid kit and disposable gloves and masks. A laminated first aid chart is a great addition that should be reviewed by all family members on a yearly basis when restocking the First Aid kits.