Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

You may never have even thought about getting CPR training. Well, think about it now. It could save the life of your father, mother, husband, wife, sister, brother, child, co-worker, or anyone else who happens to have a heart attack in your presence.

It is easy to schedule this training. My class cost $40. It was one of the best investments I could have made. Now I at least have an idea of what to do. The cost totals about the same as 8 trips to Starbucks or maybe just one dinner eating out. But those things will never save a life. This training might. More importantly it may save the life of your significant other.

I had no idea what to expect when I entered the classroom. A video of someone using CPR training to save a co-worker’s life was shown. The instructor constantly stopped the video to discuss how those of us in the class might have reacted to the same situation. There were 5 of us in the class. Everyone had a different but similar reaction. This was knowledge we all needed.

This particular class was for people who were not in the health care field but wanted to know basic CPR in case of an emergency.

As the class progressed, each of us was instructed on the proper method of performing CPR. We practiced CPR on a dummy. Then we pretended we were in an immediate emergency and each person took turns being the one “in charge.” It was daunting when I realized that before this training,  I had no idea how to perform CPR or even what it entailed.

This is a class that I will schedule every year for a brush-up on the techniques. I realize the importance of knowing CPR and how to use a defibrillator. It may save the life of anyone who has a heart attack when I am around. It may save the life of my husband.


The Event

The tragedy of this circumstance is noncontroversial. It was about 6 am in the morning. I was awakened by gasping sounds coming from my husband. Then he went limp and was completely unresponsive.

My son was called 911 and immediately began to look for a defibrillator in our apartment complex. Come to find out, they do not have one, not even in the gym.

We tried to awaken him immediately. The paramedics showed up and he roused about that time. We were lucky. He might have needed CPR and especially that defibrillator (that does not exist). It could have gone either way.

Next time I will know what to do. And next time I will have a defibrillator.

heart ciutout8 Reasons You Should Learn CPR

1. One day you may need it to save the life of a loved one.

2. If you do not know CPR, then why would you expect someone else to know it.

3. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the US.

4. Most situations occur at home and if you can not perform CPR, who will?

5. You will be in an elite group of people who know CPR.

6. By knowing CPR you will be a lifesaver and not merely a bystander.

7. Learning CPR is easy.

8. When you need it the most, you will be competent to aid in an emergency.


Sign Up For a CPR Class

The best place to start is at the Red Cross website. There you can find information on signing up for a class including the costs and the available locations.

There are other classes besides the Red Cross and Google will be able to help you locate one.

Which one you take is not as important as your just taking a class and learning CPR!

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