CPR Class Near Me

In a life-threatening situation like a cardiac arrest or a drowning incident, performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and knowing basic first aid is vital. The moment the heart stops, it is a race against time to prevent further injury or fatality. Many put off taking a CPR class as it feels like it's not necessary to take a first aid class. Or maybe that they don't have the time to manage the class alongside their daily life. However, emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere.

Having more people certified in performing effective CPR means living in a safer world. We are able to reduce the impact cardiac arrests have on the world. Instructor-led CPR classes ensure that you know exactly what to do in an emergency. By taking a class you can have someone else's back, whilst knowing that someone else has yours.

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Finding a CPR Class Near You and Where can I take CPR courses?

The main providers of nationally recognized CPR training in the United States are American Heart Association and the American Aquatics and Safety Training. You can find online and in-class training in the Washington DC area to develop your knowledge on proper procedures and how to react in an emergency. You will be able to find a training center in your area easily due to the necessity of the training.

There is also plenty of availability to take a free online CPR skills session, where you can learn all of the theory behind giving medical aid and go through online situation simulations. These can be great for someone who needs the flexibility of online training and doesn't necessarily have the time to go to a training center.

However, if you are taking a class as a job requirement it is important to check with your employer to ensure you take the correct course. Different courses can vary in content and finish with different forms of certification. To demonstrate your training was workplace compliant means that there has to be a degree of hands-on learning where you apply the theory in simulations.

What will the class cover?

CPR training can be varied with varying techniques for adults and children. Adult CPR classes are a simpler form of CPR that can be learned in about an hour. It covers the core techniques for adults, teens, and children aged eight and older. This level can be all you need if you live with someone at risk of a cardiac arrest (especially someone older), or to satisfy a standard workplace training requirement.

Then we have full CPR which covers children under the age of eight and infants. This means if you are in the position to care for children under eight or just want to be able to assist, this is the perfect class for you. The resuscitation techniques are quite different than what is used for adults. The class may include proper airway clearance and the chest compression ratio for infants, toddlers, and young children. If you coach or volunteer at a school, playground, or daycare, then learning how to help children and infants is a priority.

In addition to this, your course can have the option to learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). If opting for in-person classes then a skills session will show you what it feels like to perform a resuscitation alongside AED, and allow you to feel more comfortable if you need to use these skills in the real world.

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What will I need to do to become certified?

To become an American Aquatics and Safety Training certified CPR administrator, you must complete some hands-on skills sessions in a classroom setting. Whilst there are online options for CPR classes, to satisfy a workplace training requirement you need to demonstrate your ability to an instructor. You don't have to be scared by the prospect of an instructor - having the chance to talk to professionals can be really useful in building your confidence in giving medical aid.

In roles such as child care providers or being a teacher, you need to ensure you choose the correct CPR course for you. There are different First Aid/ CPR/ AED options, with some focusing upon administering CPR to adults only -which is the basic form. The other type is pediatric, which is full CPR and AED for adults, children, and infants. When working in child-facing roles you want to ensure that you have the life-saving skills to give the specific aid they need. Completing your skills session and coursework will provide you with CPR certification, showing others that you have the emergency training needed to look after others.

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