If you’re familiar with the American Heart Association and CPR licensure, then you know CPR Guidelines and best practices change fairly often. Saving more lives is the reason these guidelines get updated so frequently. Doctors, medical scientists, and first responders work diligently to improve CPR and ECC practices to maximize the number of saved lives. For a quick snapshot of what the latest guidelines entail, check out this report that summarizes a few highlights related to the 2015 AHA Guidelines.
CPR Techniques Change Over Time
It’s imperative that first responders, medical personnel, and anyone with a CPR license stay abreast of these guideline changes and receive the necessary training to keep up with current best practices. After all, CPR has changed drastically over the years:
Regular Classes Help Avoid Pitfalls In CPR Skills
Mass CPR training has only been around for about 40 years, and it continues to evolve to this day. Continued education is vital to being prepared for an occurrence that calls for CPR, whether your job entails the regular use of CPR or not. As techniques improve and more people learn about CPR, the more lives can be saved. Above all, it’s imperative to act quickly, because each passing minute a victim goes without CPR lessens their chance of survival.
While most CPR certifications stay current for two years, it’s your responsibility to stay up-to-date with training, and we recommend continuing your CPR education to sharpen skills.
Mouth-to-Mouth Isn’t Required, and Other CPR Myths Busted
Sometimes people refuse to administer CPR in an emergency. Sometimes people simply don’t know what to do, others don’t want to make mouth-to-mouth contact, or are afraid they might injure the person. If you haven’t gone through CPR training and someone’s heart stops, call emergency responders and start doing chest compressions to the beat of “Staying Alive.” Mouth-to-mouth contact isn’t necessary. Don’t worry about getting sued for performing CPR, because you’re protected by the Good Samaritan Law. And finally, don’t worry about hurting a victim, because you can only help:
Widespread CPR Training Improves Survival Rates
If you own a business or serve in a leadership position for your neighborhood, church, or other organization, organizing CPR training initiatives could improve survival rates in your community. A study in Denmark showed survival rates improved drastically after widespread CPR education initiatives were encouraged across their community. This same principle holds true, even on a small scale in towns and neighborhoods across North Carolina and Virginia. It takes just one person in a group to step up to the plate and preform CPR in a moment of crisis, so the more CPR ready people in your community, the more likely a life will be saved.
Taking a little time out of your busy life to learn this valuable skill could mean someone else gets a second chance at their life, and we think that’s pretty special. If you’d like to learn more about our CPR training courses, or would like to learn how to bring CPR training to your organization, town or community, contact us online or at 866-990-2772.