For those who may not be familiar with the term CPR, we would like to explain that it is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a lifesaving medical emergency procedure.
This procedure is done on people who go into cardiac arrest when their heart stops beating and the person stops breathing.
This causes stopping oxygen from reaching the brain and in case this situation lasts more than 5 minutes, it can lead to permanent brain damage.
The major reason why this cardiac arrest occurs is not yet fully determined, but the majority of medical professionals claim that stress and trauma are among the possible reasons.
Now, why is CPR so important?
By performing CPR on a person whose heart has stopped beating, you can save his/her life.
CPR enables the person’s blood circulation, which results in sending oxygen to the brain until the ambulance comes.
The procedure is so significant, due to the fact that the American Heart Association claims that 92% of cardiac arrest victims die before they get to the hospital, and if CPR is performed, it can double the person’s possibilities of survival.
Why Should HHAs Get CPR Certification?
Getting educated and CPR certified is considered beneficial for home health aides, being that they spend most of their hours working with the ill, disabled, or with seniors and these people can highly benefit from CPR certification.
CPR certification for HHAs is not costly at all and those who enroll in the American Red Cross CPR training can become CPR certified for free.
CPR certification can be achieved through the fire stations, hospitals, or colleges that are in your neighborhood.
In case they do not provide training, they will recommend someone who does.
For those who wish to get educated online, there is also training available on the internet which can also be attended for free.
It is highly suggested that you achieve first aid certification and CPR certificate at the same time, being that both classes are short and will not last more than two days.
One of the reasons why you should get your first aid and CPR certification is to improve your chances of getting a job when applying for home health care positions.
If your employer wants to give you a raise or a promotion, you will be considered for it as you will be among those with better and more advanced qualifications.
Last, but not least, you cannot know when lifesaving skills will be needed, and you can apply them when you are at a swimming pool, a picnic, or any public event.