Why not a CPR class for your employees?

cpr class for office employees

Have you ever thought about CPR training for you and your employees? While some fields of work require all employees to be certified, any business can benefit from having CPR-certified staff on hand. Studies have shown that time is of the essence when someone has a heart attack. When you call 911, the national average response time for paramedics is 8 to 12 minutes. Unfortunately, within 4 to 6 minutes, brain damage begins, and after 10 minutes, it becomes a certainty. However, with proper application of CPR, brain damage can be prevented. This is because blood is kept circulating to the brain, providing it with oxygenated blood. This means CPR should be started as soon as possible.

How Difficult is a CPR Class?

You might think that learning to save someone’s life like this is complicated and takes years of study. After all, doctors go to school for years before they’re allowed to practice on their own. CPR, however, is the easiest medical training class you’ll ever go through. In fact, most trainings take less than four hours to be certified.

When you’re looking for a CPR class, you want to be sure of some basic things, however. First, make sure that you’re going to be tested on the material that you learn. This ensures that you understand the techniques involved and allows you to make mistakes on a CPR dummy rather than a live person. You also want to be sure that there will be enough CPR dummies on hand for everyone in your class to participate on. Check to be sure that your instructors are certified and look for recommendations and reviews on the organization that will be teaching you.

What CPR Class Do You Need?

There are usually two tiers of CPR classes taught. Basic CPR for Adults, and BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR for Healthcare Workers. Basic CPR classes should cover how to assist someone who is choking and how to perform CPR on someone who has had a heart attack. You will also get training on how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), which can increase a person’s chance of survival greatly when properly used. Additionally, basic classes should also teach you how to perform CPR and choking assistance on children and infants.

BLS courses are much more in-depth and provide a two-year certification for health care professionals. These include all of the instruction that you receive during a basic course, but also provide training on 2-person rescues as well as a comprehensive written exam. While this course is designed for people who work in health care, such as dentists, dental assistants, nurses, and doctors, anyone can take this course for this level of certification.

CPR training is important for everyone to know, whether you’re a health care professional or not. You never know when an emergency will strike and need you to step in to provide CPR or choking assistance. With proper training and certification, you can have the confidence and know-how necessary to help save a life. If you’re located in Florida, Minnesota, or Pennsylvania, we at In-Pulse CPR are ready to help you take that step with AHA-certified instructors and convenient locations.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alyssa Reinbolt