CPR training teaches people – medical professionals and those in different industries too – how to perform CPR. CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and is a way in which oxygen can still be sent to someone’s brain even if they are not breathing. CPR works by alternating pressing on someone’s chest with what are known as ‘rescue breaths’. If done correctly, this kind of medical training can save lives. Someone who has been drowning, who has had a drug overdose, or who has had a crushing injury to the chest could be saved in this way. It is particularly useful after someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
How Can Medical Training Help After A Cardiac Arrest?
Having the right kind of professional medical training – particularly in regards to CPR training – can make the difference between someone making it to hospital for medical treatment or sadly passing away before help can come. It is a responsibility, but one that everyone should be prepared to take on, which is why getting involved in training is so important. People can suffer from a cardiac arrest even if they are perfectly healthy – it can happen to anyone at any time, although some are more prone to the issue than others. A cardiac arrest occurs when someone’s heart stops beating. When that happens, their blood is no longer pumped around their body, and oxygen is therefore not reaching the brain. If this happens, the patient can die within just a few minutes without any kind of health or medical attention. Resuscitation training, including CPR training, can keep that person alive. It is important to know that a cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack – during a heart attack the patient generally stays conscious, and, more importantly, they continue to breathe. No matter what has occurred, and no matter what amount of CPR and first aid training you have had, you must call 999 immediately in order to give the patient the best chance of survival. CPR allows a person with the training and knowledge to basically take over the role of the patient’s lungs and heart, therefore pumping the blood (and oxygen) around their body on their behalf.
What Does CPR Training Involve?
Depending on what you need and want from a local CPR training course, the course itself can involve many different aspects. There are those at the likes of the University of Southern California, which will see you get a degree in the end. There are then those that can often be tailor-made to your requirements, and your training company will be able to discuss your options with you.
One additional piece of training that is incredibly useful and popular during CPR courses is CPR defibrillator training. A defibrillator is a machine that gives someone suffering a cardiac arrest an electrical shock through the chest wall and directly to the heart. This shock – which is extremely high energy – is called defibrillation. If you know how to use one, you can increase someone’s chances of survival hugely, even more so than CPR alone. If you find that someone has had a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR. But it is important to find out if there is a defibrillator nearby because, if there is, using it will help enormously.
Defibrillators can be found in many public places these days including train stations, leisure centres, airports, and shopping centres amongst others. But since not everyone is confident and capable of using one correctly, even if they are required, they can often be overlooked. Or deliberately ignored. Which is a frightening idea – after all, defibrillators are there in order to save lives… if they are ignored on purpose then lives could well be lost.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post