Every year, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) saves thousands of lives. The greatest tragedy of cardiac arrests, one of the causes of death where CPR can intervene, is they are often preventable deaths—nearly forty-five percent of those who would have died of cardiac arrest survive when someone, whether a trained professional or passing good samaritan, administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
CPR certification is necessary for lifeguards, preschool teachers, and flight attendants. Everywhere you go, we understand there are situations every day in which CPR training just might mean the difference between life and death, but that doesn't guarantee someone present will be prepared. You can become that person.
So why isn't this life-saving training more common? Here are the major reasons why it's essential to know CPR.
You'll Be Confident In An Emergency
There is a self-assuredness and power in understanding that, in every room you walk into, there is at least one person who can save a life. With CPR training, you'll be confident in an emergency. If an emergency renders roads unusable, if a child at a friend's cookout falls into the wrong end of a swimming pool, if cardiac arrest strikes at work, you will be able to know, always, that you can provide life-saving help until hospital care becomes a possibility. Emergencies are less scary when they're something you understand and have studied. CPR training can give you that assurance not just as a feeling, but the knowledge you know how to save a life.
There will always be factors of life that exist outside of our control: natural disasters, accidents, health events with no foreseeable trigger. The call to be anxious every second that something could happen would be an unkind and unuseful one: instead, call on yourself to be prepared.
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