Although it may seem like only those in the healthcare industry are CPR certified, this training has actually become more common with everyday people. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that it trains roughly 12 million people this life skill annually. If it’s something you’re considering learning for yourself, you’ll be glad to know that there are many reasons why it’s worth taking the time to do. It’s one piece of training you’ll hold close for the rest of your life.
1. You Could Save a Life
Perhaps the most beneficial reason to learn CPR is to potentially save a life. This could be someone in your immediate family, a friend, or even a complete stranger. You never know when you’re going to find yourself in a situation where CPR is necessary. By having this important life skill in your back pocket, you could step in when this type of help is needed the most. While paramedics can come in help, the time you’re able to perform CPR until they arrive could very well save a life.
2. You’ll Be a Valuable Resource
While training in your field is important, CPR is a skill that can set you apart from all others. This is true even if you are volunteering or joining a group, as most organizations want those with training in CPR to be a part of their team. The certification you receive after training will be something you can proudly boast about, add to your resume, and talk to others about knowing that you can help if it’s necessary.
3. You Can Help in an Emergency
If you come into a situation where someone needs CPR, you’ll be able to use your training to perform it properly. Knowing exactly what to do can give you confidence so you can volunteer when it’s needed the most. While other bystanders might call 911 or reach out to emergency professionals, volunteers are always needed in a dire situation. CPR has the potential to save a life by helping to keep oxygen flowing to the brain. It can be devastating to have to stand by when you see someone struggling; with CPR training, you will be able to help.
4. Mouth-to-Mouth Isn’t Necessary
In the past, mouth-to-mouth was an essential part of CPR. However, after extensive research, the guidelines were changed and it was found that hands-only CPR works just as well. However, it’s important to learn exactly how to do chest compressions properly, which is why training is necessary. If you have a phobia of germs or are concerned about viruses, you don’t have to let this stop you from learning how to do CPR. You can just as effectively perform the procedure without touching your lips to someone else.
5. It’s Easy
Learning how to do CPR isn’t as difficult as many think. In fact, most are able to complete their course and receive their certification in just 2-3 hours. It is recommended to have a renewal course to refresh your mind after a few years, which only takes around 2 hours as well. You’ll find that receiving your certification is something you genuinely enjoy, especially because it’s truly so simple to learn. Most classes go by quickly and you’ll make friends along the way.
6. You Have a Pool
Even if every member of your family knows how to swim, drowning is always a risk when you’re near the water. In fact, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in kids who are aged 1-4. By knowing how to do CPR, you don’t have to feel helpless if someone is in a situation where they are drowning. When you’re able to perform this life-saving skill, you can keep air flowing into the brain and potentially help prevent death.
Facts You’ll Want to Know:
– For those who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, less than 8% survive.
– Over 85% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
– CPR keeps blood flowing and sends oxygen to the brain, which helps prevent brain death.
– During training, you’ll learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
– CPR can be used in emergencies such as drug overdoses, drowning, allergic reactions, heart attack, electric shock, and suffocation.
A Certification You’ll Never Regret Having
CPR certification doesn’t take long to get and can give you the confidence to help in a cardiac emergency. More importantly, it can teach you the skills needed to save a life when you least expect it. If you’re unsure whether or not you should get certified in CPR, take the time to speak to someone else who has it. Chances are, they’ll tell you they have no regrets and only wish they had gotten it sooner. With classes only taking a short amount of time, you have nothing to lose by receiving your CPR certification.
Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for EMC CPR & Safety Training LLC. She regularly produces content for a variety of health and safety blogs.