Every year, thousands of people die from sudden cardiac arrest. If you're reading this and don't know what that is, it's a tragedy that should be prevented. This condition occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating properly, which makes it difficult for blood to reach vital organs throughout your body and deprives them of the oxygen-rich blood they need to survive. This can happen without warning and can lead to permanent damage or death if not treated quickly. Thankfully, learning CPR has never been easier—and it could save someone's life someday!
It's easy to learn CPR.
CPR is a simple process that anyone can learn. The steps are easy to remember, and you can get certified in minutes. Even if you're not a doctor or nurse, knowing CPR could save someone's life--and it's worth taking the time to learn how!
If you work with people who might need emergency help, consider taking an online course in basic first aid and CPR certification through programs. You'll know what to do even if you're not a doctor or nurse (or even if we have one available), which could mean the difference between life and death for someone who needs immediate medical attention.
CPR training is affordable and available online.
CPR-certified first responders are trained to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat heart attacks and other life-threatening emergencies. The cost of certification varies depending on your location, but most classes range between $25-$50 per person. If you can't afford the course fee, there are several ways you can get certified for free:
- Your employer may offer a discount if they provide training for their employees; check with them before signing up for any courses.
- Many local fire departments offer free training courses through their volunteer programs; again, check with yours before applying!
Once you've completed your initial certification course and received your card from the Authority on CPR/AED/First Aid Certification (you'll need this card when applying for jobs), make sure that it doesn't expire before taking another class within two years if possible--and then recertify every three years thereafter so that no one forgets how important this lifesaving skill really is!
You can get a certificate in minutes.
If you want to take the first step toward being a lifesaver, the process is simple.
First, you'll need to decide whether or not getting certified is right for you. If so, it's time to choose a class location and date based on your schedule and preferences. You can search for courses near where you live or work by entering your zip code into our online database (and don't forget about our mobile app!). Once those logistics are handled, all that remains is making sure that everyone in attendance has everything they need before class starts: A valid photo ID as well as proof of age if they're under 18 years old; comfortable clothing--no shorts or flip flops! And finally...getting ready!
Learning CPR can help you save someone's life.
Learning CPR can help you save someone's life.
If you find yourself in a situation where someone has suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing, knowing what to do could be the difference between life and death for them. Here are some tips on how to respond:
- If someone has a heart attack: Call 911 immediately and begin CPR. If there is another person nearby who knows how to perform CPR on adults (or children), ask them for help; otherwise, follow these steps: place both hands on top of the chest just below where their collarbones meet in front of their shoulders; press down hard with your palms until they meet at least 100 times per minute until paramedics arrive or until someone else arrives who can take over for you if needed.
- For choking victims: Have another person call 911 immediately while performing five abdominal thrusts--a technique called the Heimlich maneuver--on him or her.
- For infants under 1-year-old: Perform five back blows followed by five chest compressions while giving two rescue breaths every 30 seconds as needed.
- For children between 1 and 8 years old: Perform five cycles consisting of each one-minute long cycle consisting of three seconds of deep breaths followed by 30 seconds of chest compressions while giving two rescue breaths every 30 seconds as needed.
- For adults over 18 years old: Perform 30 compressions at 100 beats per minute followed by two ventilations through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation using moderate pressure until paramedics arrive or someone else arrives who can take over for you if needed!
Taking a class is a great way to learn important skills for helping others when they need it most.
Taking a class is a great way to learn important skills for helping others when they need it most. You can take an online CPR course at your own pace and get certified in minutes, or you may want to take the traditional route by attending an in-person class at your local community college. Either way, it's important that you have this knowledge so that when someone needs your help, you will be ready!
We hope that this article has given you a better idea of what CPR is, how it works, and why it's important. If you do choose to take a class or get certified, remember that it doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are plenty of options available online that allow you to learn at home or on the go!