First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are two valuable skill sets to have. At the drop of a hat, you can help someone who is injured or in danger and potentially save his or her life.
First aid refers to immediate treatment of minor injuries, usually on a one-time basis. This includes treating minor burns, applying bandages to a cut or other wounds and draining fluid from blisters, among other things. Most small injuries that you would treat by yourself at home using the supplies in your medicine cabinet can be classified as first aid injuries.
First aid does not require in-depth training to learn, though there are certification programs available. It never hurts to learn about administering first aid, if for no other reason than to how know to take care of yourself. In an emergency situation, however, your knowledge of first aid could make all the difference in preventing the injuries of others from worsening.
CPR, on the other hand, tends to require a certain amount of training before you can utilize the full technique to save someone’s life. However, untrained bystanders in emergency situations can also administer CPR; it is recommended that untrained individuals perform hands-only CPR.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a lifesaving technique that is used in emergency situations, such as when someone is having a heart attack or close to drowning. CPR is designed to get the person’s blood circulating again and return them to breathing as normally as possible.
First things first when it comes to CPR: always call 9-1-1.
CPR, for those who are certified, consists of two parts: chest compressions and rescue breaths. It begins with using both hands to press down on the victim’s chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute. If you are certified, you will include two rescue breaths, holding the victim’s nose and tilting their head back while you blow air into their mouth. You will then alternate back and forth between chest compressions and rescue breaths.
The American Heart Association offers a variety of helpful information on CPR and provides curricula to training programs across the country.
In worst-case scenarios, it may be necessary to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to try to save someone. AEDs are tools that can analyze one’s heartbeat and deliver bolts of electricity if needed. They are typically used in cases of cardiac arrest, which is an electrical issue, whereas a heart attack is a problem of blood circulation.
While training for using AEDs is recommended, it is not a requirement in emergency situations. After all, if an AED is needed, a person’s life is likely on the line.
First aid and CPR are becoming job requirements for more jobs across many industries. If you need CPR training for your job, Cascade Training Center is a good place to start if you live in Washington state, Oregon and California.
Learn CPR at Cascade Training Centers
One program to consider is our HeartSaver First Aid, CPR and AED Certification Course. In addition to learning first aid and CPR, you will also learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED for short).
The curriculum, provided by the American Heart Association (AHA), includes the following modules:
• First Aid Basics
• Medical Emergencies
• Injury Emergencies
• Environmental Emergencies
• Adult CPR and AED use
• Optional Modules: Child CPR and AED Use and Infant CPR
In this course, you will be led by one of our instructors as you practice first aid, CPR and AED techniques along with videos provided by the AHA.
Our program takes two years to complete and is available during evenings, making it easy for busy professionals to attend. At the end of the course, you will be awarded an AHA eCard.
Cascade Training Center offers a wide variety of emergency response courses and certifications. With classes available in-person or online, there is sure to be Cascade Training Center program that meets your needs.
What are you waiting for? Add an AHA-led program to your resume. To learn more about the Cascade Training Center and our programs, visit cascadetraining.com or call 877-277-6778 to speak with a representative.