When you decide that First Aid training is something that you wish to pursue, learning how to administer CPR is usually part of the course. Knowing how to perform CPR correctly and efficiently can most often be the difference between life and death. The basic techniques can be used on adults, children, babies, and even pets. That is a broad scope of area to cover in the event of an emergency.
CPR means Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and is given to people who are not breathing nor have a pulse. There is a slight variation in the way that CPR is administered to adults as opposed to babies or children. However, the concept is the same and one of the most important things to remember is that once you begin CPR you have to continue on with it until help arrives. It is proven that people who take First Aid training and learn how to give CPR can actually reduce their own risk of personal injury.
Normally there are various levels of First Aid training that include CPR which are defined by the amount of hours devoted to that course. For example, a standard course would teach basic first aid and CPR that could be given to anyone over the age of eight. This would be fitting for the general public and for workplace completion and is usually about a four hour class.
The levels of courses advance on to include CPR for children under the age of eight and also include techniques to handle choking. Of course courses continue to advance based on your level of need. It is not only important to know how to properly administer first aid and CPR but it is imperative to be able to correctly recognize when these procedures are required. You need the ability to be able to recognize when a person is having a stroke, a heart attack, or an asthma attack. In other words, if someone is having a seizure that does not mean that you start CPR on them.
First Aid training with CPR teaches you that CPR is normally given when a person is not breathing and/or has no heartbeat. It also teaches you the ABC’s of CPR which are airway, breathing, and circulation. Airway, meaning clear the airways, breathing, meaning that you will actually breathe for the other person, and circulation means that you will restore blood circulation.
This is a very important gift that you may give to someone one day and could very well be the difference between life and death. Once a person’s heart stops beating the brain is no longer receiving oxygenated blood and within very few minutes can cause serious and irreversible brain damage. Death is imminent well within a ten minute window.
In a First Aid training class that offers CPR training you will learn exactly what it takes to remain alert, confident, have the ability to identify the urgency, be educated enough to act correctly, and remain calm. These are the tools that are required in an effort to make life altering decisions while those around you may just stand there with no idea what to do or worse yet they could panic and this is no time for a person to panic.