Why should I learn CPR?

So why should you learn CPR?

Here are a few things to think about when making your decision:
• Did you know that 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home?
• Did you know that the leading cause of death in the United States for all but one of the last 100 years has been heart disease?

Here are three reasons why every lay-person should learn CPR.
1. Peace of mind. Since 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home, if you learn CPR you will be more likely to use this skill to save a loved one’s life.

2. Be prepared to help. Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur every year outside of a hospital. Bystander CPR is associated with a greater likelihood of survival after cardiac arrest. CPR if administered immediately after someone goes into cardiac arrest can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

3. Workplace safety. Each year approximately 10,000 cardiac arrests occur in the workplace in the United States. Also, over 55% of employees in corporate offices, hospitality, education, and industry/labor fields can’t get First Aid or CPR and AED training from their employer.

Anyone can learn CPR. Obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform CPR will improve your self-confidence and likeliness to respond in an emergency.

If you are interested in scheduling or registering for an initial or refresher/renewal CPR course contact Angel Trauma Solutions at rick@angeltraumasolutions.com. Other resources available to locate a CPR course near you are the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or American Safety & Health Institute to name a few.

Resources:
American Heart Association (AHA). CPR Facts & Stats. Retrieved from www.cpr.heart.org
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Death and Mortality. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

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