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CPR Training for Schools and Workplaces

November 10, 2010 by  
Filed under CNA Red Cross

When a life threatening emergency situation arises, would you know what to do? Even though CPR has been around officially since 1960 and has been in societal consciousness since 1981, it is estimated that less than 1/3 of people experiencing cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander. Many people who seem completely healthy can experience sudden cardiac arrest suddenly and with no warning. Although heart attacks are the most common scenario requiring emergency attention, less common abnormal heart rhythms called ventricular fibrillation can cause loss of consciousness regardless of their physical age or condition. This is why in schools and workplaces, employees should receive CPR training to be prepared to save lives.

The American Heart Association offers a variety of great resources, including free online information and links to locating a class in the area. However, the best way for businesses to ensure their employees receive CPR training is to host a class onsite. Even though calling 911 should be the first course of action when someone collapses due to cardiac arrest or stroke, CPR must be performed to help chances of survival. Studies show that the average EMS response time is 10-12 minutes when defibrillation should occur within 3 to 5 minutes after collapse. Administering CPR while waiting for the emergency crew can save lives and could prevent brain damage from lack of oxygen to the brain.

The American Red Cross offers classes that can come to your school or place of business. They can even give CPR instructor training so an employee or teacher is certified to give CPR training to others. Although most people are somewhat aware of what CPR is and what it involves, the specifics are often lost. Over time, many people who once received CPR training also forget. This is why the latest guidelines and instructions should be reviewed periodically. Formal classes should also be revisited from time to time. In addition to CPR training, some other helpful information offered through the American Red Cross classes include first aid training and injury prevention. This is particularly helpful for teachers and personnel in elementary or secondary schools.

Saving lives and being a good Samaritan does not require much effort. Learn the facts and take the class!