You might not think that CPR is necessary for your skillset, but you can never be too prepared. Not only does CPR help save people’s lives in emergencies, but it also comes in handy for all sorts of other situations where sudden medical attention is needed. Today we’ll explore what CPR requirements are for both professionals and non-professionals so you can make sure this lifesaving skill is one of the many things you know how to do.
What is CPR?
CPR is an acronym for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. CPR is a skill that should be mastered by both professionals and people who don’t work in the medical profession. It’s important to know CPR so you can help save someone’s life in the event of an emergency, and it’s essential to have in your skillset for anything from medical emergencies to natural disasters.
CPR is a form of artificial respiration that will make up for breathing that the person has stopped doing due to a sudden injury or illness. CPR may be performed on adults, children or infants, providing it is done properly and with proper training.
The United States Department of Labor notes that CPR can provide oxygenated blood flow to vital organs which can help prevent brain damage and death. In some cases, CPR (especially when combined with other life-sustaining measures) can be the difference between life and death for a heart attack sufferer.
What are the requirements of how to do CPR?
It is vital that you get the correct training in CPR before you attempt to use it on another person. You should get CPR training from an accredited provider so that you are up to date with the latest techniques, such as how to do mouth-to-mouth on a victim who has a neck injury (don’t do this).
It’s also important to note that not only will CPR certification vary wildly depending on your training provider; it can also vary depending on where you live. This is because some areas may require that CPR professionals have additional certifications and be up to date with current legislation surrounding CPR and AED use.
Some of the most popular providers of CPR certification include the American Heart Association (AHA), Red Cross, National Safety Council, and American Safety & Health Institute.
The AHA provides CPR certification for individuals who need to know CPR without being a professional, such as parents or teachers. This certification will include the latest techniques in how to perform CPR on children and infants. It also includes information that will help you plan your emergency response if there is an injury, such as a fire.
The Red Cross is one of the most well-known CPR certification providers, and for good reason. They are constantly training their staff and volunteers to learn how to provide care in any situation, giving them the ability to respond quickly if there’s an emergency. Some branches will provide CPR training without being certified, but only during regular hours.
The National Safety Council is dedicated to promoting safety and health in the US, but also offers CPR certification should you choose to get certified through them. The nice thing about this provider is that they are open 24/7 online, so you can access the materials at any time of day or night. This includes videos that demo how to use an AED device.
Learning CPR is an invaluable skill for anyone, but particularly professionals. It’s important to understand the differences in requirements between basic and advanced training so you can make sure that your skillset includes everything needed to be a successful lifesaver. You may not have thought about how much of what you know as common knowledge might actually be wrong when it comes to emergency situations and with this blog post we hope that has been cleared up!