Who Should Learn CPR Training?

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CPR training can give you the knowledge, expertise, and confidence to take action in the case of an emergency. The life you save is most likely to be someone you love. According to the American Heart Association, approximately 88% of all cardiac arrests that occur outside of the hospital happen at home. Unfortunately, the chances of survival in these incidents that occur outside of the hospital are only 8%. This is due in part to civilians not having the proper knowledge or training to step in and take action in these situations. A survey done by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada in 2010 found that only 40%of Canadians trained in CPR would attempt to revive someone in an emergency.
 

CPR Is for Everyone to Learn

 
Since the majority of these incidents are occurring in the home, it is important that people of all ages and occupations consider receiving some level of CPR training. In the case of an emergency, where a loved one or someone you know suffers a cardiac arrest, you need to have the proper training and skills to react responsibly and efficiently. Every second counts and administering CPR has been proven to help save lives.
 

Emergency Management

 
During your CPR certification, you will learn much more than resuscitation. CPR training provides valuable experience and know-how in managing intense emergency situations. You will also learn about identifying hazards, basic first aid, and how to handle situations in which a person is choking. High quality courses also incorporate AED training -  an essential life saving tool that when used properly and effectively increases the chance of survival immensely. First aid training is a basic education on how to handle everyday injuries and emergencies.
 

Applicable Everywhere

 
CPR and first aid training is very practical and applicable. A CPR certification shows that you are committed to safety. In the workplace, it is required by WSIB that at least one employee has emergency first aid training in places with five or more workers. First aid training can be used in everyday life, whether at home or at work, while CPR training will have you prepared to take action in case of emergency.
 

Red Cross Training Programs

 
Receiving your CPR certification from a Red Cross Training Program means that your certification will be valid for up to three years. Advances in medicine and emergency response are constantly being re-evaluated; so pursuing annual recertification is the only way to ensure that you are employing the most up-to-date techniques. Annual recertification is also a good way to sharpen your skills or refresh your memory, in case you haven't had to use them in a while.   It is important to note that not all training providers offer the same calibre and quality of service.  It is important to look beyond price and instead look for a company that has good customer service and will be there to answer your questions beyond your training date.
 
The importance of CPR training cannot go understated. Registering in a CPR course can help save the life of someone you love. The duration of the courses is between 4-6 hours, depending on the level of certification (or recertification). In a situation where time is of the essence, learning CPR and first aid training can prepare you to take action in case of emergency and potentially save someone's life.

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