Why Is It Important to Get CPR and AED Certified?

Have you ever noticed the AEDs that are located throughout the community and wondered, “Hmmm … what would I do if a person collapsed and they weren’t breathing?” You would most likely call 911, right? But what if you could do more?

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training can make a significant difference in being ready to respond during an emergency, and you could save a person’s life. CPR is easy to learn and is known to increase the chances of survival in the victim by 50%. It is a known first aid and lifesaving skill for heart attack and cardiac arrest victims.

According to CPROnline, Nov. 8, 2022, the number of persons enrolling for CPR classes is below the recommended range. Cardiac arrest cases are also rising, and the chances of having a trained person within proximity are low. It is, therefore, necessary to have more CPR-certified individuals.

Classes for CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) are offered nationwide both in person and online. Most classes include training that covers CPR, AED, and choking. CPR training provides you with the opportunity to learn and practice life-saving techniques, including rescue breaths and compressions. The AED is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. This medical device is easy to use and can analyze the heart’s rhythm, and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. The Heimlich maneuver is a technique that helps dislodge objects that are obstructing choking victims.

Today, anyone can learn basic life-saving skills. Take the initiative now to help save someone’s life in the future. If you have questions, feel free to contact Lois Moncel, director of fitness & wellness, at [email protected].