The demand for CPR courses has been on the rise in the recent years. More and more people are becoming aware of the need for basic lifesaving skills with the advent of natural disasters all over the world. The courses we offer are not only focused on cardiopulmonary resuscitation but also first aid. We produce some of the most well-rounded rescuers in the US because we train them to recognize different emergency situations and equip them with the necessary skills to handle them.
What will I learn in a CPR course?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a skill used to manually pump the heart in case of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can happen because of a heart problem that leads to a heart attack, causing the heart to stop beating. This is very dangerous because without oxygenated blood reaching our organs, they begin to die, especially the brain which can only survive up to ten minutes without blood flow. CPR is able to remedy this situation through the use of chest compressions and rescue breaths.
As a rescuer, the first step before any form of intervention is assessment. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, he or she is typically pulseless and isn’t breathing or is breathing irregularly. We teach our rescuers to check for the radial pulse (found on the inner wrist) and the carotid pulse (on the side of the neck). We also teach them how to recognize regular versus irregular breathing.
Chest compressions are manual compressions made on the chest. Compressions on adults are done with two hands and should depress the best by at least two inches. Before the next compression is made, the rescuer should wait for the chest to recoil. We teach our rescuers to adjust their technique depending on the age of the victim. For infants, only two fingers are used to depress the chest by 1 and a half inches. The pointer and middle fingers of one hand can be used or both thumbs when the hands are encircling the chest. When the child is a little older, only one hand can be used to press down on the chest. Just remember the principle: compression depth must be a third of the antero-posterior diameter.
When you give rescue breaths, remember to clear the airway. Always check if the victim’s mouth and throat is free from any blockages. When the airway is clear, tilt the head back and open the mouth by thrusting the jaw down. Tilting the head back straightens the airway and makes rescue breaths much more effects.
- Heartsaver CPR and AED (general public)
- Heartsaver CPR and AED (C) (healthcare providers – HCPs)
- Basic Life Support for HCPs
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support