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Why Everyone in Your House Should Know CPRJuly 1, 2015

When the words ‘summer vacation’ come to mind, most people associate them with spending a lot of time engaging in a range of outdoor sports and activities. Although this is the ideal time of year for everyone to kick back and have fun, it is important to remember that medical emergencies can strike any family at any time. This is why it is crucial for everyone in your home to learn how to effectively perform CPR.

It’s Easier than Ever

Until a few years ago, the only way for anyone to become certified to perform CPR was to enroll in a physical class. However, these days there are numerous online classes and training programs that are able to offer the same level of instruction. In most cases, all of the initial learning and study can be performed in the comfort of your home – only the initial assessment will have to be performed in-person at an accredited training and certification facility. Many facilities now offer classes that enable children and teens to learn this essential life-saving skill as well.

Most Heart Attacks Occur at Home

Studies have revealed that up to 90% of cardiac arrests and other accidents that result in patients breathing abilities being affected occur in and around the home. Regardless of whether an elderly parent has had a sudden heart attack or a toddler has drowned and is not breathing on his or her own, having someone in the home perform CPR while waiting for emergency medical crews to arrive and transport them to hospital can make all the difference between them surviving the ordeal or not.

Prevent 25% of Deaths from Occurring

According to recent statistics provided by the American Heart Association, more than 2/3 of Americans state that they feel completely helpless when life-threatening events such as drownings or heart attacks take place in the immediate vicinity. It has been suggested that if everyone – children included – had to take the time to complete even a basic CPR training course, it could result in as many as 50,000 additional lives being saved each year.

Prevent Long Term Damage

The longer a patient goes without breathing and circulating blood through his or her system, the higher the chance is that long term health effects will be experienced. In most cases, many organs will start shutting down and severe brain damage will occur if a patient has been deprived of oxygen for longer than 4 to 6 minutes. For each minute that the process of administering CPR to a patient in need is delayed, his or her chances of surviving the incident are reduced by as much as 10%. However, when this treatment is administered within the first 2 to 3 minutes of a cardiac arrest, a patient’s chance of survival can double.

Even young children who have been properly trained in the process of administering CPR can help save a life at home. If there are no nearby training facilities, most fire and emergency service departments will be more than happy to help family members to learn this vital life-saving skill.

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