People 18 years of age and younger are too, victims of sudden cardiac arrests and heart attacks outside of hospitals. They spend a majority of their day within the four walls of their classroom, at sporting events or beside others their own age. In these situations, survival rates could increase when these same people have the ability to perform proper CPR until the arrival of an emergency response team. Required CPR trainings in schools will allow young community members to take action, verses becoming another bystander.
When CPR is performed immediately, it increases a person’s chance of survival. Sadly, outside of hospitals, many bystanders lack the skills to perform CPR which makes immediate CPR performance a rare occasion. This is why we believe in the importance of everyone, including school kids should receive CPR training.
Below are some benefits the school, students and teachers can get from CPR training:
- Gain Sufficient Knowledge in CPR
Not all people are knowledgeable about cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Some would say that they know a thing or two about it. However, being knowledgeable about CPR does not necessarily mean they have the ability to perform it. Having enough knowledge about CPR clearly means that he/she can perform CPR at the right depth, speed, and sequence (C-A-B).
- Save More Lives
Most cardiac arrest emergencies occur outside of the hospital where not all people are trained or confident in performing CPR. If students learn the appropriate way in performing CPR to victims, they can indeed save more lives by providing the immediate attention that is needed.
- Feel Secure and Safe
Schools work hard at creating a safe learning environment for their students, ensuring that parents too feel secure as their children go to school each day. Ensuring that all staff, faculty and children in the school are CPR trained builds a more secure, educational environment for everyone.
- Certification Fulfills a Possible Job Requirement
More employers are requiring a CPR certification as a prerequisite for their employees nowadays for various reasons (i.e. working directly with children, patients or fellow employees). When students are CPR trained at school, they go into the job market with one certification already complete.
So, Should Schools Require CPR Training?
In our opinion, CPR training should be considered as a requirement in schools. Currently, over 36 states across America have made CPR training an essential requirement for graduation in high school. The trend where schools require students to receive CPR training prior to graduation is rapidly increasing all over the US. Fortunately, there are a number of companies that offer this training to individuals and organized groups.
American CPR Care Association offers quality healthcare courses such as CPR and First Aid. The courses offered are nationally accepted and easy to understand. They are designed to suit different kinds of learners from adolescents, the laymen and healthcare providers. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered such as the CPR/AED, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens. The courses are available to communities, the workplace, in schools and to healthcare providers.
Getting the necessary training via an established CPR company is easy. Courses by the American CPR Care Association are available online at very pocket-friendly rates, taking into consideration school budgets. The CPR / AED course covers topics such as responding to an unconscious child or adult, how to handle someone who is choking, responding to an unconscious infant and how to recognize an emergency. Also part of the course is how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The course includes training for adult, child and infant victims. Once the course is complete, participants receive a certification card which is proof of successful completion of the course. Certify your school and receive a group discount.