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Learn/ Refresh a New/Old Skill- Get CPR/First Aid Certified- You Never Know When You Might Need it!

Updated on March 21, 2012

CPR/First Aid- Why it is so Important

CPR/ First Aid- Why it is so Important

When I was twenty-years old, I was living at home with my parents and attending a local community college. I was always in a rush since I worked full time at a restaurant, was taking as many credits that the college would allow, I played sports, I volunteered….and I had a social life. I hardly had time to ever sit down and eat a hot meal; it just didn’t fit into my hectic schedule; when I did sit down and eat, I inhaled my food as quickly as possible. During lunch one day, when I was alone at home, I began to choke. I could not breathe, let alone scream. Instead of reaching for a phone, which I would be able to talk on anyways, I remained calm and began chest thrusts using a chair (the self-induced Heimlich maneuver). Thank God I took numerous CPR/ first aid/ Life-guarding classes and I was prepared!

Regardless of your occupation and how many children, parents, and friends you have, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye….anywhere…..and when you least expect it!

Keep in mind, there is a reason why your CPR certification only lasts one year- the rules always change! In recent years, the ABC’s- checking for airway, breathing, and circulation have changed- you used to take a pulse….but not anymore; too many people couldn’t find it…..and thought that someone didn’t have one! The ratio of breaths to compressions has changed in recent years as well in infants through adults. Years ago, people were told to never hit a conscious, chocking victim in the back, but that has changed as well- in the Heimlich maneuver.

I am not a certified CPR instructor, so I can’t teach you the techniques, but I have kept my certification active since I never know when I might need it and I encourage you to do the same!

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      MisterH 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great advice. Get certified or get re-trained I can't say it enough to enough people.