Almost 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur every year, and nearly 88% of those cases occur at home. Less than 8% of people who experience cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting will survive. Effective CPR is only performed on sudden cardiac arrest victims 32% of the time, even though it can double or triple the victim’s chance of surviving.
If you learn how to effectively perform CPR, you could save a life—possibly the life of a loved one. Everyone should know how to do CPR, but here are the most important groups of people who absolutely need to know how to effectively perform CPR.
Parents, Daycare Workers, & Other Caretakers
Although children will generally not suffer from cardiac arrest, a variety of other situations can arise that require caretakers to perform CPR on children. If you are a parent, a nanny, a babysitter, a daycare worker, or another person who spends a lot of time around young children, you absolutely need CPR training. First aid training would also be incredibly beneficial to this group of people.
More and more school districts are requiring that all school personnel are fully trained and certified in CPR and first aid. All school staff members, including teachers, administrators, bus drivers, coaches, and more, should be trained in CPR and first aid. School nurses are equipped to handle serious health issues, but immediate attention is often necessary with children, and all school personnel should be prepared to handle an emergency.
If you work in an office setting where people generally have very low activity levels, you should receive CPR training. While many occurrences of sudden cardiac arrest occur at home, a large number occur in office settings as well. Ask your boss about company-wide CPR training or consider getting a group of co-workers together to get trained and certified.
All Medical Personnel
It should go without saying that absolutely everyone in the medical field should be certified in CPR. If your company wishes to participate in group training, or if you wish to send newly-hired individuals to be trained by themselves, Texas OnSite CPR has classes available.
High School Students
As a way to improve the lives of all citizens, Texas is now requiring that high school students receive CPR training before they graduate from high school. Starting this year, the requirement will allow high school students to receive extensive training and certification in CPR, first aid, and more, making our future work force more prepared to handle medical emergencies and contribute more to the community.
Personal trainers, gym managers, and all staff members at gyms should be trained in CPR and first aid. Overexertion and misuse of equipment can often lead to cardiac arrest, shortness of breath, and injuries, so having staff members that are qualified to handle a variety of emergencies and common problems is vital to the success of any gym.
If you fall under one of these categories, you need to be certified in CPR. Even if you are not part of one of these groups, it is in your best interest and the best interest of those around to that you attain your CPR certification. For more information about Texas OnSite CPR’s training and certification programs, check out our website at texasonsitecpr.com or call us at 817-992-0585.