In school, we learn basic skills that may be helpful for the rest of our life. These skills include reading, writing, and basic math. It is almost every day that we apply these skills in the things that we do.
It kind of makes you wonder if basic first aid, specifically CPR training, should be taught in school. It’s a skill that’s probably only going to be needed once in a blue moon. Although in comparison to finding the X in Algebra, learning to accomplish a proper CPR seems to be a more worthwhile education.
First things first, what is CPR? Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is the external and manual pumping of the heart. Oxygenated blood is then delivered to the brain, thus sustaining the delicate circulation.
Sadly, learning this craft is not mandatory in schools. Only few people ever go out of their way to study first aid treatment, let alone CPR training. If you are still wondering why this is an important subject to teach students, then maybe these points will convince you—just read all of them below.
It Can Save Lives
This one goes without saying. If a victim is given immediate and effective CPR, chances of surviving is doubled or even tripled.
Different Situations Require It
CPR is needed if a person’s heart suddenly stopped beating or a person suddenly stopped breathing. This may result from various situations.
Cardiac arrest is the most common emergency that require CPR. Another reason is drowning.
You may have observed from movies that after an unconscious person is saved from drowning, the life guard immediately performs CPR. People who suffered from electric shock also require this aid.
Although for victims of electrocution, precautions must be done by the rescuer. Never forget, even the safety of the rescuer must be considered. The main source of the electrical current must be turned off before administering the aid.
It Can Happen to Anyone
Believe it or not, 88% of annual cardiac arrests occur at home. This often leaves relatives in shock as they helplessly wait for the emergency team to arrive, while hoping that their loved one survives.
Sadly, even the healthiest of people are not safe from sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, there are numerous cases with the same scenario. You’d be surprised that even Olympic sports athletes have fallen victim to this silent killer. By administering CPR, the number of fatalities could have been prevented.
It’s Not Just Pushing Up and Down
Let’s admit, movies make CPR seem easy. But it’s more than just pressing the chest. There is a standard procedure of assessing the patient to see if he/she really need CPR. Do take note that this evaluation must be done swiftly and only within a few seconds.
Different age bracket also requires diverging techniques. A different approach must be delivered if the victim is an infant from that of an adult. Even for patients who haven’t reached puberty yet must be given a varied CPR technique.
Also, the moment of stopping the aid is as crucial as the beginning. You should only stop once the victim becomes conscious or until the emergency response team arrives.
As more and more people become skilled in giving CPR, survivor rates will also increase. So, let’s start young! Let’s start teaching these students how to efficiently perform CPR. After all, these kids are the future of today’s society.