♥It’s Valentine’s Day!♥ In honor of that I thought I would re-post about learning CPR. It’s a great skill to have! FN
Here’s a feel-good story about a young man who saved a life because he knew how to perform CPR—and wasn’t afraid to use it!
CPR is a great skill to know. It’s not going to be useful in every scenario, but just having the knowledge of how to do it can be very empowering in an emergency situation. And many CPR classes also teach you how to use one of the portable defibrillators (AEDs) that are more common in schools and other public places.
While you’re at it, look into learning basic first aid skills, as well. First aid classes teach you how to recognize an emergency and when to call 911; how to protect yourself when responding to an emergency; and how to provide care for a variety of illnesses and injuries.
Even kids as young as 13 or 14 can learn CPR and first aid, and summer is a great time to learn some new skills. Just think of all the accidents that can happen during a busy summer—drownings, sports-related injuries, sunburns, bee stings, animal bites, poisonings, campfire burns, to name a few.
I taught American Red Cross First Aid and CPR classes for years, and I highly recommend them.
Use your zip code to find an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED class in your area.
Or inquire at your local hospital or fire station. They often offer CPR and first aid courses developed by the American Heart Association (AHA). Some classes may be free.
The AHA also offers online courses, although I think getting hands-on experience when learning CPR is better.
Hands-only CPR ( no mouth-to-mouth) is an increasingly popular option. Research has taught us a few things:
- People are more likely to perform CPR if they don’t have to perform mouth-to-mouth.
- Mouth-to-mouth breathing doesn’t give the victim a significant amount of oxygen.
- Mouth-to-mouth breathing can put the rescuer’s health at risk.
I loved this video on the AHA website about how to perform hands-only CPR!
And by the way, you can’t learn CPR from watching fictional medical shows on TV or in movies! Those just make me laugh. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) even did a study and found that:
The survival rates in our study are significantly higher than the most optimistic survival rates in the medical literature, and the portrayal of CPR on television may lead the viewing public to have an unrealistic impression of CPR and its chances for success.
Do yourself, your family, your friends and the public in general a favor and learn first aid and the right way to perform CPR!
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