CPR Training – A New Generation of Lifesavers
Would you know what to do if someone had a cardiac arrest? Would you be able to apply simple CPR techniques to help save a life? If you answered “No,” you're not alone as almost 70% of the U.S. population wouldn't know what to do either.
CPR is short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and is a life saving procedure performed when someone’s heartbeat or breathing has stopped, typically from a heart attack, electric shock or drowning.
Helping Save The Lives of Loved Ones
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S., with on average 380,000 each year happening outside the hospital and away from a trained doctor or medic. 88% occur in the home. Sadly, survival rates in these situations are just 7-8% due to bystanders simply being unable, unconfident or afraid to help.
When someone is able to intervene using CPR, the survival rate doubles and can even triple, if the person helping is trained effectively. CPR is therefore deemed as absolutely critical for survival.
A Great Initiative: CPR Training for all U.S. High School Graduates
In 2003, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation recommended CPR training to become a standard part of high school curriculum, empowering the young minds of tomorrow to be able to feel confident instead of helpless in the case of a cardiac emergency.
According to a 2009 study in Austria, young people are actually more suitable for the task too. When 11 schools were picked at random and tested following CPR training, 86% of the 147 students, aged nine to eighteen performed CPR correctly following training.
“Students as young as nine years are able to successfully and effectively learn basic life support skills including AED deployment, correct recovery position, and emergency calling”.
Schools in the U.S. are now committed to systematically training students, as well as faculty, in CPR, resulting in thousands more potential lifesavers on campus and out in the community.
In 36 states CPR training is compulsory as part of routine high school graduation. Not all require certification but a level of competency needs to be demonstrated during the training.
Of the 14 remaining states, 10 are in the process of applying for CPR training to be compulsory and the American Stroke Association continues to work to pass state laws of this effect.
Practice is the Key to Learning CPR
Research proves that the techniques required to perform CPR are “psychomotor” skills, so they require hands on learning and practice is the key.
Simulation learning allows students freedom to make decisions and mistakes without fear of failure.
Students watch a DVD showing the CPR technique and then practice their knowledge using the support simulator. Techniques taught include:
- Recognition of an emergency situation
- The decision making process
- How to perform high quality chest compressions including knowing the correct depth and rate, full chest recoil and how to ensure minimal interruptions in compressions
- Rescue breathing as part of CPR
- AED skills – AED is short for Automated External Defibrillator. It’s a portable device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and applies an electric shock
- Choking relief – using a special choking manikin
A Growing Trend in the Importance of CPR
Regardless, there’s a growing trend in the importance of CPR and an understanding that even basic training can give people the knowledge and confidence they need to help save lives.
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