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May 27, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Get CPR Certified

A cardiac arrest is a sudden stop in the function of the heart. It is one of the leading reasons for the loss of life in America. In many cases, cardiac arrest victims do not receive the Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation that could possibly save their lives.

CPR is not difficult to learn and there are good reasons for you to do so.

Save A Life

A problem with the electrical rhythms in the heart can cause it to suddenly stop beating. When this happens, an individual can suddenly collapse, stop breathing, and lose consciousness. The longer their heart fails to beat the less likely they are to survive the incident. CPR will keep the person’s blood circulating until paramedics arrive. The chance of survival doubles when CPR is administered in a timely fashion.

Not Often Performed

Due to the effectiveness of CPR, you would think it is performed often on victims of cardiac arrest. The unfortunate truth is that only 15 to 30 percent of the cardiac arrest patients outside of hospitals receive CPR.

A big reason for these statistics is that not enough people are knowledgeable regarding proper CPR procedures. Other factors that prevent CPR from being performed when needed is fear of doing harm to the cardiac arrest victim, infection concerns, and legal risks.

Mouth to Mouth is Not Needed

Some people identify concerns regarding mouth to mouth resuscitation as the reason they are reluctant to perform CPR. The guidelines for performing CPR were changed in 2010 and it is now permissible for individuals who are uncomfortable or those without sufficient training to perform CPR using the hands only. Some studies suggest hands-only CPR can be just as effective as CPR performed with breathing assistance.

Easy to Learn

Hands-only CPR is a lot easier to perform than most new CPR students understand. The heel of one hand is placed at the center of the chest. The second hand is placed atop the first. Press downward on the chest approximately two inches and then release the pressure. You should keep a pace of 100 compressions per minute until rescue personnel arrives.

There are many classes both on and offline that will teach you this technique. You only need to find the one that fits your learning style.

Cardiac Arrests Occur Most Often at Home

More than 80 percent of cardiac arrest victims suffer their cardiac arrest while in their homes. There are many stories of cardiac arrest victims having their lives saved because a spouse, child, or friend knew CPR. Learning to perform CPR can possibly save the life of someone close to you.

Cardiac arrests cause the death of many Americans each year. And while some of these deaths are unavoidable, the chances of survival is doubled for a cardiac arrest victim when CPR is administered.

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