Cardiopulmonary resuscitation often referred to briefly as CPR is an emergency first aid given to a patient who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. The first aid is administered by breathing into and through the mouth of the patient or by repeatedly compressing the chest to restart the stopped vital function of breathing and / or beating of the heart.
All employees working in schools, hospitals, military, life guards, nursing homes and similar other establishments are expected to know the technique of administering the CPR, so that they can help others in an emergency situation. People who have their children or dependents with known problems of heart or breathing will also find it useful to learn this technique, because they can give the first aid treatment when the problem happens and save a life before the hospital medical aid can be reached.
CPR technique can be learned in the class room with practical training on a dummy or online which will not have the practical training, but will have just the theory. Obviously, class room training with practical demonstration and actual doing is better than learning only the theory; through the former (class room training), both knowledge and skill of the technique can be learned. It is always better to take the classroom training with practical class also from a licensed instructor, because the correct and exact step by step method can be learned.
Such instructors are available with many hospitals and community centers in most major cities. The training also gives the confidence to the trained persons on how to handle an emergency situation of a patient suffering from such medical problem, without panic and confusion with a systematic approach. Such correct handling of the situation and administration of the CPR increase the chances of the patient recovering, before the help from the hospital arrives.
It is also useful to get periodical, say yearly retraining, so that the technique is not forgotten, and also any new developments in the technique are also learned. At the end of such training course, whether on line or classroom, the trainee gets a CPR certificate also, which can be useful in many situations.
Source by Katrina Polder