C P R – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
The fabled training that will give you all the confidence and experience in the world.
It is said that by taking a CPR, AED, First Aid class it will prepare you for the world of saving lives. As a young boy of 15 I was taking Lifeguard training, which included CPR, First Aid.
I can tell you from experience, the first time I saw someone who might need CPR I was very hesistant to even lift a finger. I’ll bet I’m not alone in the ‘Oh Shit’ moment I had.
All that being said we need to dive a little deeper into, what I call, The Big 3.
What’s the difference?
Why take a CPR class from any of these organizations?
What benefits do they have for taking one or the other?
As far as I can tell there are only a few distinctions.
- AHA is the research based organizations run by cardiologists (heart doctors). If you read through the site you find they are globally connected with the international community.
- Red Cross is a disaster relief and lay person specific organization (non-medically trained person). The kinds of training, including CPR, are for rescue workers, blood donations, and other volunteer opportunities.
- ASHI is more ‘man on the ground’ type organization. Meaning they seem to focus on EMS/Ambulance teams.
So… the question now is… What the heck do I choose? All I want to do is make sure my family is safe if we go to the pool, do I really have to choose between 400,000 (approximately) CPR instructors all offering Red Cross, AHA, and ASHI?
Call local CPR businesses and find out what they recommend.
Ask questions and clarify what you don’t understand.
If you feel good about taking the class, go for it.
If you get a bad feeling, DON’T DO IT!
You can always Contact Us if you need help.
The choice ultimately is left up to you which means you’ll likely choose the cheapest most convenient option (aka Youtube). There is a reason you are tested in person. The skills are not easy and having a coach is really important. In another post we can talk more about the classes but for now understand…
CPR/First Aid is a process not just a skill set, and mastery of this process is possible.@cprmobile