These days, people are becoming more aware of the importance of learning first aid and CPR. An increasing number of people are enrolling in CPR courses for the first time in their lives and quite a big number are taking refresher courses to update themselves with the newest lifesaving techniques.
Despite the popularity and importance of First Aid and CPR courses, a lot of people are still wary about taking it, unsure of what happens in class and what’s required of them. This article will hopefully shed light on some of the frequently asked questions regarding CPR.
- What happens during a CPR class? First Aid and CPR classes are often conducted for free or for a minimal fee in most towns; you just need to search for the most ideal time and package for you. Once you have registered for a class, you’ll be asked to go to the designated area where the class will be held. This can be in a hospital, a gym, a school or even in the fire station.
After settling in, you’ll be given a manual and materials that you’ll be using during the class (ex. gloves, a plastic mouth shield, wet wipes). The instructor will then go over the material with you and show you videos to further expound on what you read about.
Once the class is done with the theoretical aspect, the practical part comes in. You and your classmates will be made to practice what you’ve learned on a practice dummy. An exam is administered after and if you pass it, you’ll get a certification card.
- What’s taught in CPR courses? A lot of basic and useful information are taught in these classes which are all of great importance. If you enroll in a CPR course, you’ll be given an overview of how to treat abrasions, burns, cuts and sprains, how to check if the area is safe for you and the victim, how or when to move the victim and what information to give 911 personnel or medical responders. You will also be taught how to do the Heimlich maneuver on adults, children, infants and on yourself. Students in these classes will also be taught the right way to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. You’ll also be trained on how to use automated external defibrillators or AEDs.
- Is CPR difficult to learn? CPR is not a difficult skill to learn. The knowledge and skills taught in CPR classes can be learned by any adult or teenager. That being said, how closely you listen to and observe your instructors will determine how fast you’ll learn CPR.
- Does CPR actually save lives? Yes. Studies conducted by the American Heart Association have estimated that around 100,000 to 200,000 victims could be saved every year if CPR is performed immediately and correctly.
- Can CPR lead to death if not done correctly? Technically no, since a victim in cardiac arrest is clinically dead. But CPR, even if not done perfectly, can still help the victim.
Taking First Aid and CPR courses might feel cumbersome in our increasingly hectic and busy life. But it’s one skill that you’ll be glad you took the time to learn.