You can potentially save someone’s life by knowing CPR, yet only 20 percent of Americans do. Even if you aren’t a lifeguard, coach, or teacher, you can take CPR classes and become one of the few Americans that are equipped with the skills to save a life. We at Hospitality Health ER in Galveston encourage all able members of our community to get CPR-certified. Here’s why:
Why More People Should Take CPR Classes
#1 You Can Save a Life
Did you know that performing effective CPR in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by 2 or 3 times? In addition to medical emergencies that involve cardiac arrest, there are 7 million other injuries that happen every year in homes (or similar environments) that may require CPR attention. Not only do CPR skills come in handy if you have elderly or sick family members, they are also a huge advantage for parents when confronted with child-related injuries like drowning, suffocating, and allergic reactions.
#2 You Can Prevent Brain Damage
Brain death starts occurring as early as four minutes after the heart stops functioning. By initiating CPR right away, you can help the patient minimize the risk of brain damage. CPR helps maintain the flow of blood to the brain and heart. Learning to use a defibrillator is also important. This device is designed to administer an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm to victims experiencing cardiac arrest, which prevents the heart from efficiently pumping blood to vital organs.
#3 CPR is Easy To Learn
As we mentioned earlier, you don’t have to be a teacher, cop, or medical professional to know how to perform CPR effectively. Within hours, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve learned and mastered in such a short amount of time. Typically, CPR classes are only about three hours long. If you want to learn first aid along with CPR, you can take a combined first aid/AED/CPR course that is usually only about six hours. In less than a workday, you’ll learn how to respond in the event of an emergency situation.