CPR is the artificial method of circulating blood and oxygen through a body and attempting to keep the brain alive. The survival rate for patients on whom CPR was performed within four to eight minutes is ten percent. More than 650,000 people die annually from heart attacks in the United States and more than 350,000 die before reaching the hospital. Every year in the United States there are 500,000 strokes, 6,000 drowning incidents and 3,100 incidents of airway obstructions. Emergencies happen to everyone, usually when we least expect them. To cope at such times, each individual needs to be equipped with the information and skills needed to deal with an emergency. One in seven people will therefore have the opportunity to use CPR in their lifetime. That is why undergoing CPR training is necessary.
Several institutions offer CPR, First Aid or other safety training courses across the country. It can be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups or individuals. Whether you're a member of a community who wants to know how to help in an emergency or have a defined duty to act in emergencies, you can find a training class that suits you the best. Using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment, most training classes provide interactive learning environments. Mannequins are provided to each individual to improve skill levels and reduce risks of exposure to infectious disease.
Before undergoing specific training, check that the course is accredited and caters specially to your needs. It should be conducted by certified trainers and easy to understand notes and course materials should be provided. Courses that offer Automated External Defibrillator training should be considered. The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and many local fire departments offer CPR training courses. So check the one nearest you and get that certification.