CPR classes are an amazing resource for any community. They help keep caretakers and working professionals prepared if an emergency strikes. What most people don’t realize is that most CPR classes can be taken by anyone. You don’t need to have a medical background or even a professional background requiring CPR certification to be trained in the lifesaving tactic. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect and how CPR classes can provide an excellent resource for anyone willing to get certified!
What is CPR?
Whether you’re looking to learn more about CPR or are wondering what to expect if you sign up for a class, the first thing you should know is what exactly CPR is. CPR is a term commonly used to refer to the lifesaving tactic of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is performed on individuals who have stopped breathing and no longer have a pulse. Individuals who require lifesaving measure after cardiac arrest or drowning accidents are examples of patients who may need CPR.The goal of CPR is to compress the chest and heart so that blood can be pumped to the brain. When the heart stops and a person isn’t breathing, fast action is required to avoid brain damage. If CPR is not started within 2 minutes of the heart stopping, brain damage will rapidly begin and a patient may not be able to be resuscitated.Unfortunately, 90% of patients who suffer cardiac arrest will die before they reach the hospital. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The good thing is that by taking CPR classes and getting certified, just about anyone can help save a life with CPR certification. Effective CPR performed within 2 minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chance of a person’s survival by 200-300%, according to statistics.
Who Can Take CPR Classes?
The American Heart Association
doesn’t actually mandate a minimum age requirement to learn CPR. That’s because the ability to perform CPR is based on body strength rather than age. Statistically, children as young as nine years old have been known to learn and retain CPR skills and even save lives.Traditionally, CPR classes are available to adults. But there are classes directed towards teenagers who care for younger siblings or work as babysitters. These are called Safe Sitter classes. Most people resist taking CPR training because they either don’t have the time, don’t think they are equipped to learn or are put off by the idea of performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on other people.When you understand more about what goes into CPR and the requirements to complete CPR classes, you may reconsider. CPR training actually only takes one to three hours to complete. And, the mouth-to-mouth portion of the skill that is traditionally thought of when talking about CPR is no longer considered a standard part of CPR.So, if you have local CPR classes available, getting trained is something you should really consider. It can give you the chance to save the lives of someone in need, and is an extra resource to keep your family safe in the event of an emergency!
What to Expect with CPR Classes
If you are planning to take CPR classes, here are some things you can expect when you go for training. Here are some CPR facts you might not know:
- CPR is the shortest and most basic of all medical training classes.
- You don’t need to have a medical background to take CPR.
- There is a public version of CPR that is available to the general public. In fact, medical professionals take a different type of CPR training class to become certified.
- While CPR classes aim to train you in a standardized way, there are different levels of CPR. CPR classes are broken down in the following ways:
- Adult CPR is the simplest form of CPR. Adult CPR classes usually only take about an hour. These cover the basic techniques for performing CPR on adults, teens, and adolescents older than 8. Automated external defibrillator training, also known as AED, is often added to most Adults CPR classes.
- Pediatric CPR classes provide training to administer CPR to children under the age of eight. Since children are smaller, the resuscitation techniques are much different than adults. Differences include chest compression ratios and how to properly provide airway clearance for infants, toddlers, and young children. This class is great for parents, older siblings, and people who work in a daycare, school, or playground setting.
- Basic life support for healthcare providers is the final level of CPR classes. This is a requirement for all emergency medical personnel. It is also called CPR for professional rescuers. This course is a little more advanced because it also includes AED training, two-person CPR techniques, ventilation devices, and barriers to performing rescue breathing.
Where to Find CPR Classes
If you’ve decided you’re ready to jump into CPR training, you may be wondering where you can find CPR classes. The great news is that if you’re local to Seymour EMS, we provide various classes throughout the year to help you get certified at all the levels mentioned above. Additionally, you can find CPR classes in the following places:
- Fire departments
- Community health centers
- Community colleges
- Pediatrician offices
There may also be other places within your community where you can pick up a CPR class. No single institution or agency is credited with carrying CPR classes. So, training can be provided at any commercial organization or individual place as long as there’s a trained professional available to teach the course.Once you finish your training, you’ll get a card or certificate that serves as proof of your full accreditation for completing the course. If you need CPR training as a requirement for your employer, keep in mind that most employers will only take CPR certification that’s been sanctioned by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Safety Council.For more information on the CPR classes at Seymour Ambulance, follow us on social media or stay check back regularly to our website for upcoming classes
. You can conveniently register online and we’re here to answer all your questions!