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Importance of CPR/AED Training and Certification

On Thursday August 2nd, we had a CPR/AED training session at the Medford BREAKTHRU Fitness and Physical Therapy. The course went very smoothly and we had a great turnout. Thank you to Strategic Training Concepts, LLC for your time, services and valuable information.

We learned the basics of how to save a life, how to treat burn victims, and how to treat a choking victim. We learned about different sized AED pads (infant, child, adult) and about plastic face guards used to safely perform rescue breathing – they protect you from mouth to mouth contact with victim as well as preventing any contamination if the victim begins to vomit.

According to the American Red Cross, obtaining CPR/AED training is important if:

  • CPR/AED training is required for your work
  • You are a designated emergency responder at your work
  • You want to be prepared for a wide range of emergencies – either in your personal life or based on your participation in activities such as coaching, youth organizations, and others
  • You want the confidence of experience when caring for young children or family members

Additionally, the American Heart Association has listed reasons to take CPR/AED Training:

  1. After someone stops breathing or the heart stops beating, they can survive for only for 4 to 6 minutes before the lack of oxygen results in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your loved one, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating oxygen to the brain.
  2. Over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help the victim.
  3. Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year and approximately 350,000 of these victims die before ever reaching a hospital.
  4. The country’s #1 killers – heart attacks and accidents – claiming a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.
  5. 1 in 6 men and 1 in 8 women over the age of 45 will have a heart attack or stroke
  6. Approximately 45% of all heart attacks occur in people under age 65.
  7. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chance of survival.
  8. The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives could be saved each year if CPR was performed early enough.

If you missed this course don’t worry! Visit the American Red Cross’s website to find out where you can register for the next nearest CPR training course!

MEGHAN DOOLITTLE