Adult-Only CPR & AED - Includes only Adult CPR/AED
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What’s In This Adult CPR Course?
The online video modules in this course provide training in the following topics related to CPR, AED training, and when to use them:
- Techniques for rescue breathing and chest compression on adults and children
- CPR with an Ambu Bag
- Using an AED on adults
- Responding to choking incidents in adults
Who Should Take This CPR/AED Training Course
Adult-only CPR is appropriate for professionals who may need to provide CPR but who do not generally work around children or infants. Professions that may require this certification include:
- On-site safety officers in construction, manufacturing, forestry, or transportation
- Workplace emergency response personnel
- Dental Hygenists & Assistants
- Security officers
- Food and beverage workers
- Adult day care providers
- Hospitality professionals
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- High school teachers and coaches
- Home health care aides
- Anyone that wants to learn CPR
Adult CPR Certification: Why Learn These Skills?
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart’s natural rhythm is interrupted. Contrary to general beliefs, this can happen to people at any age, and in any state of health. There is no way to predict when or where cardiac arrest will strike.
The good news is that sudden cardiac arrest can be effectively prevented by administering CPR for adults and delivering a shock with an AED—an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator. This effectively reverses the problem, restoring the heart’s normal rhythm.
The bad news is that most people never learn to administer CPR — adult or child — or AED treatment — even though these skills are easy to learn, and you don’t need a medical background.
As a result, only 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive.
The reason for this is simple. Emergency medical personnel take an average of eight to 12 minutes to respond to an emergency call. But when it comes to cardiac arrest, every minute counts—and brain death can start to occur after just four minutes.
If a bystander administers CPR and AED defibrillation while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive, this can double or even triple the victim’s chances of recovery.
Studies have shown that, in areas of the country where community CPR training programs are common, survival rates for cardiac arrest victims outside the hospital rise as high as 74%. And victims who receive an AED shock within a minute of cardiac arrest are as much as 90% more likely to survive.
CPR Training: Not Just for Medical Experts
Did you know that approximately 88% of all cardiac arrests—not to mention many other incidents that require CPR intervention, such as chokings, electrocutions, and allergic reactions—occur in the home?
That means when many people need CPR the most, they’re nowhere near a hospital. If you learn CPR, you’re much more likely to need to use those skills at home, on a loved one—unless you work in a hospital.
Studies show that approximately 70% of Americans don’t feel confident providing CPR to a person who needs it—usually because they let their training lapse or never received it in the first place. A whopping 24% would stand by and do nothing while a victim suffers—because of lack of confidence in their own lifesaving skills.
This lack of confidence has a direct impact on patient survival rates. Four out of five cardiac arrests happen in the home—and only 8% of those who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive.
The American Heart Association suggests that as many as 200,000 lives could be saved each year if everyone who experiences a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital received CPR treatment from a AHA-certified bystander.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a medical professional to use an AED or to administer lifesaving adult CPR. Your technique doesn’t need to be perfect, and you don’t need to have a medical background. All you need is basic CPR training—and to keep your skills current through recertification.
According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR is just as effective in terms of saving lives as mouth-to-mouth CPR. It’s quick and easy to learn—and with these skills, you just may save a life.
Last updated by Dr. Mary Williams, RN. DC. (10/21/2015)
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