Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a basic skill learned in a few hours of training. CPR is a tool used to help provide life support to victims of heart attacks and respiratory ailments prior to medical professionals arriving on the scene. By making a commitment of only a few hours for a typical class, skills that may save a loved one's life are gained.
Most classes end with a hands-on test administered by a certified instructor, depending on the type and source of the instruction. During the class, participants receive text and hands-on training. There are three age levels of rescue training during each class: adult, child and infant.
Adult CPR is the process for treating adult victims. Learn the process to provide artificial respirations, how to clear airways and how to provide chest compressions to keep the heart pumping blood during heart stoppages.
Child techniques trains people on the processes to treat young children between toddler age and teens. Because children have less developed systems and bone structures, it is crucial to know how to provide safe and adequate compressions and assisted breathing.
Infant rescue breathing and compressions are delicate and precise procedures. In order to learn these, classes include specialized child training. Learning how to clear an infant's obstructed airway to ensure clear breathing is also part of the infant curriculum.
In addition to the three different ages of training, basic classes teach how to clear airways and blockages due to throat obstructions. One of the more common terms associated with this process is the Heimlich maneuver or abdominal thrusts.
Taking this training, or arranging mandatory classes for staff or co-workers, helps to ensure workplace or home safety. Having a crew ready to respond to medical emergencies in the workplace results in a safer and more secure work environment. Collateral benefits of having a trained work staff may result in lower workers comp insurance premiums.
The basic classes are routinely offered through a variety of sources. It is very common to hire an instructor to conduct private classes at work sites and alternate locations, making it easy for a full work crew to receive the same training, at the same time.
Once the class and test are administered, the instructor issues CPR certificates and cards to each successful student. These are used to submit to insurance underwriters and cover any government safety requirements for both individuals and companies.
With a little spare time and commitment, a business' staff becomes a first line of defense should any medical emergencies happen in the office or work zone. An ounce of prevention is worth a life. Companies should be sure to offer training to staff in life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation procedures to keep the workplace safe.