The Importance of Being CPR Trained
Mar. 17, 2017
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.
Thatâs why most of Concordeâs 20-plus health care programs have a CPR education component within the curriculum. Whether itâs 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.
Being there when needed
âOnce the heart stops pumping and there is no respiration, CPR can be performed,â said Erica Hamer, Tutor and CPR Instruction Coordinator at Concordeâs campus in Memphis, Tenn
. âCPR 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.
âWaiting on the paramedics to get there is a waste of time. Step right up and do the skills you have been taught. Someoneâs life is depending on you.â
CPR health care awareness
According to Hamer, CPR consists of two main procedures â 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.
âCardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States and Canada,â Hamer said. âBystanders in public places play an important role in improving chances of survival.â
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.
âEach AED machine is easy to use for bystanders,â Hamer said.
âIn addition to CPR, basic first aid is important,â she said. âYou should know how to apply pressure to a wound and how to treat it. Choking is the fourth-leading cause of death in infants. Thatâs because children are likely to put small objects in their mouths, for example nuts and grapes.â
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. Thatâs why it should always be a key component to any health care training
âThe feeling you have after you have saved a life is unbelievable, and the look on family membersâ faces when they noticed you have actually saved their loved one is unconditional,â Hamer said. âI recommend everyone learn CPR.
âFinding classes isnât hard. Check your local school, fire stations and hospitals to see if they offer classes. Youâll be happy you did.â