The Importance of Being CPR Trained

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The value of knowing how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) goes beyond simply improving health care awareness. Being CPR trained can help save a life. That's why most of Concorde's 20-plus health care programs have a CPR education component within the curriculum. Whether it's Medical Assistant, Nursing, Surgical Technologist, even Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist, CPR is the basic foundation of health care. It can make all the difference between life and death.

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"Once the heart stops pumping and there is no respiration, CPR can be performed," said Erica Hamer, Tutor and CPR Instruction Coordinator at Concordes campus in Memphis, Tenn. "CPR is effective as soon as possible. Everyone knows to call 911 for any emergency, but knowing what to do in an emergency medical situation can mean the difference between life and death." "Waiting on the paramedics to get there is a waste of time. Step right up and do the skills you have been taught. Someone's life is depending on you."

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According to Hamer, CPR consists of two main procedures - compressions and giving breaths. Compressions are done by pressing down on the chest to attempt to pump blood through the valves of the heart and throughout other parts of the body. Respirations or giving breaths is performed to restore breathing in a person who has stopped breathing. "Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States and Canada," Hamer said. "Bystanders in public places play an important role in improving chances of survival." Another important piece to CPR, Hamer said, is health care awareness surrounding the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Statistics show that the use of an AED increases chances of survival up to 75 percent. "Each AED machine is easy to use for bystanders," Hamer said.

Beyond CPR

"In addition to CPR, basic first aid is important," she said. "You should know how to apply pressure to a wound and how to treat it. Choking is the fourth-leading cause of death in infants. That's because children are likely to put small objects in their mouths, for example, nuts and grapes." Knowing how to perform CPR is a comforting feeling at the least and can be an extremely gratifying personal experience should you ever be called upon to use it. That's why it should always be a key component of any health care training. "The feeling you have after you have saved a life is unbelievable, and the look on family members' faces when they noticed you have actually saved their loved one is unconditional," Hamer said. "I recommend everyone learn CPR." "Finding classes isn't hard. Check your local school, fire stations, and hospitals to see if they offer classes. You'll be happy you did."
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