CPR First Aid Certification

The CPR or cardio pulmonary resuscitation and first aid training is one of the most basic life support training that one can receive. It has great application in office, in emergencies and any walk of our daily life. Accidents can happen anywhere and a person who knows and understands CPR First Aid can seriously help the patient in dire times and save the life.

Various organizations offer CPR First Aid training and certifications. There are multiple levels in this certification. The most basic among this is the Standard CPR and First Aid certification. Various organizations like Red Cross provide training for these certifications. Some stick to just the basic CPR techniques, while others may enhance the course with injury prevention information and operating AED.

The standard course typically covers the regional EMS system, how it works, what it does, etc., the check – call – care procedure in handling emergencies, first aid for airway emergencies, breathing and circulation techniques, head and spine injuries, wound care, bone, muscle and joint care, among others. The course also covers first aid in case of cardiac arrest and respiratory arrests.

The more advanced certification is the Emergency CPR First Aid Certification. This course is generally administered by Red Cross and is more aligned with the state level and provincial rules and requirements for handling emergencies. This course also covers more or less the same set of topics like the standard certification.

In good training institutions and facilities you will get top quality training material – written or soft copies in CD, practical demonstration and plenty of hands on experience with human form mannequins. Look for these services before registering for this training with any institution.

Many institutions also offer this course online. With this option, you can study online and come for practical demonstrations. Most certification exams are multiple choice questions written exam followed by a skills test. In this test you will demonstrate the first aid and CPR techniques in front of a supervisor.

Different organizations provide certificates of varying validity so you need to choose your certifying organization carefully too. In the US the Red Cross CPR certificate is valid for about a year while the American Heart Foundation certificate is valid for two years. The first aid certificate is valid for three years.

You can always recertify to retain the validity of your certificate. Fortunately, you do not have to sit through the boring theory classes every year for recertification. You can directly book an exam and take the written and skills test again based on the material shared with you the first time and get recertified.

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