People who hesitate taking CPR classes usually do so because they think they’re too busy. Others are simply turned off by the idea of practicing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation with a stranger. Truth is most CPR courses nowadays take a maximum of three hours, and actual mouth-to-mouth is not a requirement anymore.
If you’ve been considering taking CPR training, there is no absolutely no reason why not, and all the reasons to go ahead with your plan. While looking for a good CPR, keep the following in mind:
Although the objectives of training are essentially the same, actual course names may vary. In general, CPR class levels are categorizes as the following:
The easiest type of CPR may be completed in under an hour. It covers no more than basic techniques anyone who is at least eight years old. This level is just right for the workplace or home application, especially if you are taking care of a senior who has a candidate for cardiac arrest. If you have an AED (automated external defibrillator) at home or in the office, you can train for that as well as part of the course.
If you taking care of kids below eight, this is the class you should take. The course will be unique from those that are used for older people and may include such techniques as airway clearance and chest compression. If you care for children as a job or as part of your charitable commitments,child CPR is definitely something you should learn.
Basic Life Support
Also known as professional rescuer CPR, basic life support classes are a must for everyone who is part of an emergency medical team. This course includes AED and dual-person CPR techniques, among others. If you’re thinking of a career in the medical field, you need this level of training without a doubt.
Choosing the Right Course
Courses for CPR training are available in several places nowadays, from hospitals to community health centers to community college and even fire departments. However, it’s important to note that quality can vary widely. Before deciding to enroll in a CPR class, see if it’s suited to your specific goals. Whether these are related to your professional or personal life, make sure your expectations are met. The best way to find out is to ask questions before enrollment.
For example, do you have to take a test? What percentage of the course is hands-on? What are the qualifications of the instructions? Don’t hesitate to ask for a copy the instructor’s certificate and check if it’s valid. Also, what teaching tools and methods do they use?
Unfortunately, the conduct of CPR training courses as an industry is unregulated, which means anyone, a person or business entity, can conduct courses and issue accreditation cards or certificates. While there are many training providers that offer topnotch courses, employers will usually only accept accreditation from training centers that are recognized by the National Safety Council, the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. If you’re not sure about this, talk to your employer before signing up for any CPR course.