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CPR is one of the most basic and essential first aid and emergency response skills to know. According to Felicia Gonsalez, our director for Get CPR Done, it’s a skill that everyone should know. While certification might be earned as early as twelve years old, the AHA says that children as young as nine years old are capable of learning the skills necessary to safely and effectively practice CPR.
Felicia recognizes three basic tenets of CPR training, and indeed any emergency situation, that are absolutely essential to know no matter who you are or whether you choose to be certified or not. Those three tenets are:
It’s also important to recognize that in an emergency situation, you may be the only person on the scene with any kind of training. You can be the leader in this situation!
While it is still important to receive proper training, an understanding of the basic concepts of CPR can be helpful if there is no trained responder on the scene. While a 9-1-1 operator is trained to walk callers through basic first-aid responses, having advanced knowledge can make their instructions easier to follow.
Here is the basic procedure for performing CPR, according to the AHA:
Again, if you have the option to become certified, please do so, as written instructions cannot compensate for direct, professional instruction.
As mentioned above, CPR certification can mean the literal difference between life and death. Immediate CPR can double or even triple the chances of a victim surviving cardiac arrest. It’s a vital step in the chain of survival, which is the organized and efficient delivery of quality help across all states of the response and recovery timeline. If you are the only person on the scene, and you can offer quality CPR, then the chain remains unbroken, and the victim has the best possible chance to survive.