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4 reasons why everyone should know CPR

Help keep someone alive until paramedics arrive

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a powerful life saving skill and something that everyone should consider learning. Being trained in CPR means that if someone collapses nearby and isn’t breathing, you can step in to keep them alive until paramedics arrive. If that’s not enough, we’ve compiled our top four reasons for you to sign-up for a CPR course and become a lifesaver in your community!

Training is easy and inexpensive
It doesn’t require years of medical training to become certified in CPR, it’s very affordable and certification can be completed in a short period of time. For most people, learning the proper technique once is all that’s required, but for some professions, it is important to re-certify CPR every two to three years.

Intervening helps with patient survival and recovery
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 35,000 to 45,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest each year in Canada. This number could be significantly lessened by having more members of the community trained in CPR techniques, who can intervene while waiting for first responders to arrive. Performing CPR provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs, giving the patient the best chance of recovery before emergency medical teams arrive on-scene.

You might save a loved one’s life
Almost 80 per cent of all cardiac arrests occur in homes and public places, and 35 to 55 per cent are witnessed by a family member, co-worker or friend. So, in other words, you will most likely be saving the life of someone you know. Keep in mind that sudden cardiac arrests can affect all ages and happen for a variety of reasons like heart abnormalities, drowning, trauma, electrocution or drug overdose.

Learn about lifesaving technology
AED’s (automatic electronic defibrillator), are portable machines used to deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart, to re-establish a normal heart rhythm. AED technology has greatly improved over the years and is designed to be user-friendly in a time of distress. CPR courses will instill students with the confidence and skills needed to use AED technology effectively in an emergency setting.

Ready to sign up? Learn more about CPR programs being offered at MCG or call us at +1 (888) 261 8999. In the meantime, stay connected with our community — follow MCG Career College on social!