CPR and Pediatric First Aid: Here’s What You Need to Know

 In BLS Certification, First Aid, Parenting

What is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and why is it important? Having the ability to deliver lifesaving support to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim is paramount. And with the proper CPR training, anyone can become a life-saver – even you!

To better understand the true value of CPR certification, consider the following statistic from the American Heart Association (AHA):

“Nearly 360,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong.” 

In addition, Robert W. Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine, offers another important fact that further illustrates the value of becoming CPR certified:

“Four out of every five out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private or residential settings, so we have to find ways to emphasize the importance of knowing CPR to save the lives of family members and loved ones.”

Cardiac arrest emergencies can happen to just about anyone, at any location, at any time. With the right CPR training, however, you may be able to help reduce the number of cardiac arrest fatalities.

Who can become CPR certified?

“Kids are the answer to saving more lives,” according to AHA. As such, many pre-teens and young adults now are enrolling in CPR training courses. And in some cases, high schools are requiring students to complete and certify in basic life support (BLS) training as a prerequisite for graduation.

CPR training courses are provided locally. Also, advanced CPR lessons are offered through professional training facilities such as Surefire CPR in Southern California, ensuring students of all ages can learn the ins and outs of CPR.

With CPR training, pre-teens and young adults will be equipped to deliver lifesaving techniques that can help reduce the loss of lives during SCA emergencies.

What other CPR training courses are available?

Pediatric CPR and first aid classes are available that empower students with the insights they need to provide critical assistance in a life-threatening situation involving a seriously ill child or infant.

Accidental injury remains the leading cause of death for children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As such, it’s important for anyone involved with children to learn pediatric CPR and first aid.

Remember, the initial moments following a medical emergency are the most critical. And if you’re the first or only person on the scene, knowing what to do when an emergency occurs can make all the difference. In fact, having the ability to provide immediate assistance in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.

If you spend time caring for children, you’ll sleep a lot easier knowing that you’re prepared for the worst. Thanks to the vast array of pediatric CPR and first aid lessons available, you’ll be able to discover how to provide critical assistance in pediatric emergencies involving seriously ill children and infants.

What does a pediatric CPR and first aid class include?

Some of the topics commonly discussed during a pediatric CPR and first aid class include:

  • How to administer adult, child and infant CPR.
  • The proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • How to provide effective support for conscious and unconscious choking victims of all ages.
  • The dangers associated with pediatric asthma and anaphylaxis.
  • Basic first aid techniques focusing on the most common pediatric injuries as well as prevention. 

At SureFire CPR, we recognize that children and infants are vulnerable to potentially critical medical incidents, and as such, first response procedures have to be carefully trained to suit them. As a result, we offer training and certification in pediatric first aid, along with special instruction for adult, child and infant CPR.

SureFire CPR’s courses are designed to teach those with no healthcare experience what they need to know to assist an ailing child or infant. They even enable new parents to participate, thus allowing parents to gain all the knowledge and training they will need to deliver crucial support in pediatric emergencies.

Moreover, all of our courses are taught by medical professionals who understand what it takes to provide critical support in emergencies, too. This means you’ll receive extensive insights into how to perform CPR correctly, the proper use of AEDs and much more as part of our course offerings.

Let’s not forget about the hands-on learning experience we provide, either.

For example, our CPR classes ensure each student can practice chest compressions on a realistic mannequin, and our instructors will offer guidance and tips to ensure you can deliver swift, effective chest compressions at all times. This will allow you to learn how to perform CPR in a stress-free setting, build your CPR skill set and guarantee you’ll be ready to conduct CPR in an emergency.

Take advantage of SureFire CPR to find a training course that will serve you well for an extended period of time. Whether you’re looking to learn how to perform basic CPR or pediatric CPR and first aid, we offer a wide range of classes to fulfill your needs.

Enroll in a course with SureFire CPR and gain the skills you need to help save a life! Doing so can have far-flung effects, and ultimately, may help you deliver lifesaving assistance to a family member or friend during an emergency.

To find out more about SureFire CPR’s course offerings, please call us today at (888) 277-3143.

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