Why learning CPR is important for every natural coach

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Do you know why CPR is an essential skill that every coach should have?

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure that can save lives, but the American Heart Association reveals that 70 percent of all Americans are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies and feel helpless. However, there are 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year in this country, and CPR can make a difference. If you are a natural coach, you have to learn this lifesaving procedure because you cannot predict when one of your patients will need it.

Understand CPR basics

During a cardiac arrest, your heart stops beating, and blood stops circulating, so your cells begin to die because they are no longer receiving oxygen. CPR is essential first aid because it is designed to move oxygenated blood through your body and keep you alive. CPR can frequently double the chances of a person surviving a cardiac arrest. In addition, the Mayo Clinic points out that cardiopulmonary resuscitation is useful for heart attacks and drowning.

The basic elements of CPR include assessing the patient’s response, doing compressions to restore blood circulation, clearing the airway and doing mouth-to-mouth breathing. As a natural coach, you may think that your patients will not require CPR, but the statistics reveal that most cardiac emergencies occur outside of hospitals. You cannot predict when a patient will suffer an attack, so you have to be prepared.

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Get certified

It is important to get CPR training and certification, and many workplaces require it. You can find both online and live classes that offer certification programs. In general, in-person training classes are taught by medical professionals or certified CPR instructors who go over the course material with you. They also provide hands-on experiences through the use of dummies and other equipment. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a test and get your official certification at the end of most classes. The test consists of written and skills portions that evaluate your ability to use CPR.

Most CPR certificates are valid for two years, so you have to consider CPR recertification. The reason why CPR certificates do not last longer is that this type of training is easy to forget since most people do not use it every day. As a natural coach, you may not have many patients suffer a cardiac arrest, but the possibility that one of them will need your help always exists. A recertification helps you refresh your skills and pick up new knowledge.

Get peace of mind

If you know how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, then you get an additional gift that is peace of mind. This gift also translates to the people you work with as a natural coach. A CPR certification gives you knowledge, courage and the ability to handle emergency situations.

Although there are several steps you can take to have a healthier heart, a CPR certification is still essential. It can help you save another life and give you confidence during an emergency. If you are a natural coach, then you have to add CPR certification to your list of essential training.

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