It’s National CPR-AED Awareness Week, and people across the country are taking the time to stop and recognize the importance of CPR-AED training and certification. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, is a lifesaving technique that can be administered to someone during an emergency. CPR is commonly used on a person who has drowned or experienced a heart attack, causing their heartbeat or breathing to stop. CPR saves lives every day in sudden cardiac arrest situations, and it is important for your whole family to be knowledgeable and prepared to help in case of an emergency.
Why Learn CPR
Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 cause of death in the United States today. Because only one third of these people will receive CPR by someone before medical help arrives, the survival rates are surprisingly grim with approximately 11% of SCA victims survive the attack. At Premier Aquatic Services, we recognize that the more people who are armed with CPR and AED training could potentially triple the survival rate.
What to Do
CPR and AED certification is important training to have. The team at Premier Aquatic Services offers American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid programs to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. Emergencies happen without warning, and these skills could make a life or death difference in the life of a loved one.
It is essential to get professional training to be prepared for the unthinkable, but here are some steps to keep in mind.
- Call 9-1-1. Before beginning CPR, be sure that someone is calling 9-1-1. If you are alone, call for help immediately. If you are with others, assign the task to someone. It’s important to note that assigning the task is important so that there isn’t a misunderstanding about whether someone called for help or not.
- Use an automated external defibrillator (AED), if possible. An AED is a portable device that can check a victim’s heart rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart. In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, this shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume. Proper use of this device is taught in our training.
- Begin CPR. CPR compressions help to keep the victim’s blood flowing to their brain and keep them alive. However, improper procedure can cause more damage than good. Being trained in CPR will ensure that you are able to assist someone if they need your help.
- Let the Medical Professionals Take Over. Once they have arrived, allow the professionals to do their job and help save the person’s life.
Learn CPR Locally with the Premier Team
At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills. From child swim lessons to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long.
Join people across the country in celebrating National CPR-AED Awareness Week by enrolling in a Premier Aquatic Services health and safety program.
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