CPR is something that everyone should learn and it may be easier and quicker than you think to discover the basics that can save a life. According to the American Heart Association, almost 88% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member and less than 8% of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive outside of a hospital, because the vast majority of those witnessing are people who do not know how to perform CPR. Speed is essential to saving a life and odds are the life you will be trying to save is a friend or family member. Hopefully, these statistics help show the importance for all of us to consider learning even the basics of updated CPR protocols.
If a long CPR class feels like too much to undertake with your busy schedule, then we recommend that everyone consider getting the American Heart Association’s CPR Anytime personal learning program. This program is not a certification course, but allows families, friends, and the general public to learn the core skills of CPR in about 20 minutes using a personal kit with video and manikin. The kits are a cost-effective way for your entire family to learn CPR at home. They have also created the Infant CPR Anytime kit that is perfect for parents, grandparents, siblings, or those who are around infants and children to learn the basics of infant CPR and relief of choking. These personal kits are available in English and Spanish and provide all the basic education needed to be more comfortable with performing CPR in an easy to view and learn format. For more information on the CPR Anytime programs please visit the American Heart Association website. This course really can make a difference in saving the life of someone you love.
According to a study published by Science Direct, a 30-minute self-instruction program, such as the Anytime program, proved to be effective for even a lay-person to learn the fundamental skills of CPR such as calling 911, proper ventilation, hand techniques, and compressions to help save a life. We hope that this February, during American Heart Month, you will consider making CPR instruction a priority for you and your family.