Taking a course will provide the proper training to receive certification in CPR.
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is very easy to obtain and CPR certification is well worth getting. In some jobs, it’s actually a job requirement, so certification will make you more attractive to the employer. It’s also just a useful skill as you can save a life or improve a patient’s prognosis by acting quickly and performing CPR in an emergency situation.
Those who lack training can do harm if they try to administer CPR.
Getting certified in CPR is important because it ensures you know how to perform CPR correctly. It is possible to seriously injure someone with poorly performed CPR, and no one wants to do it, even if it is by accident. CPR certification can also come in handy if you end up being taken to court and can even protect you from lawsuits in some cases. Any good class will teach you basic safety and first aid techniques, and some classes will also cover simple legal issues, such as the laws of the good samaritan, which may be useful for you to know.
Paramedics are trained to perform CPR.
Many service organizations, such as the Red Cross, offer classes for people who want to become certified in CPR, and you can also get certified at a local hospital or clinic. Call your local healthcare providers and charities to see if they offer CPR certification and when your next class is scheduled. Expect to pay a small fee for a class that typically lasts several hours, and possibly more if you want to get certified in basic first aid as well. First aid certification can be very helpful, so it’s worth taking it if it’s offered.
Medical professionals often learn more in-depth types of rescue breathing in a class known as Basic Life Support.
In a CPR certification class, you will learn CPR through a mix of lectures, video demonstrations, and hands-on practice with a manikin or manikin. You will learn how to assess and stabilize a casualty and you will also learn about basic safety techniques to protect yourself and your patient from harm. You can also obtain the CPR certificate for infant CPR and other resuscitation techniques, usually for an additional fee.
Some CPR certification courses also include blood-borne pathogen training.
After being certified in CPR, you will be given a small card to carry in your wallet. Some classes also offer complementary masks and safety kits for people to carry with them. You will need to periodically renew your CPR certification with follow-up classes. This ensures that you are up to date on advances in CPR and changes to the CPR protocol, as well as ensuring that you have the best training possible to help someone in need.