The Importance of CPR Recertification

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For a number of professions, CPR recertification is mandatory annually. At worst, this can be viewed as a hassle – an unnecessary added expense to the company’s already tight financial situation. Some may view it as a vacation, but at best, the knowledge and training you learn can help save the life of someone you know. Red Cross training programs, such as those offered by quality companies like Synergy Employment Services are valid for up to three years. However, since CPR is a technique that is difficult to practice, it can be easy to forget the sequence of steps that you should take in the event of a cardiac emergency. No one wants to be ill prepared in the case of an emergency, when time is of the essence and immediate action can be the difference in saving someone’s life. Furthermore, the rules and steps change from year-to-year based on information gathered by ILCOR and the Red Cross. For example in 2010, a change in the CPR and ECC sequence was recommended and enforced.
The Switch 
In 2010, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada underwent a fundamental change in the CPR response sequence in accordance to the AHA’s (American Heart Association) guidelines for CPR. Traditionally, the response sequence of steps was as simple as A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, followed by Chest compressions). In 2010, the order of this sequence was changed to C-A-B (Chest compressions, Airways, and Breathing). This was done for a number of reasons.
Deoxygenated Blood 
During an episode of cardiac arrest, the heart and brain are not receiving a sufficient flow of blood and oxygen. CPR can help momentarily restore blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. Without immediate action, blood cells will begin to lose oxygen and die, potentially causing severe damage to the brain. By putting the chest compressions first, less time will elapse where the victim is without ventilation. The focus is on increasing the chances of survival and preventing anoxic brain injuries from occurring. 

Encourage More Rescuers

The A-B-C sequence was seen to be a detriment to potential rescuers, as it begins with the most challenging part – opening the airways and delivering breaths. Beginning with chest compression will encourage bystanders to take action by placing the easiest part first. Hands-only CPR has been proven to be effective in saving lives, using only chest compression.
The change in the AHA guidelines meant that almost everyone who had previously learned CPR would need to relearn the sequence. Since the topic of CPR is under constant review, new information and statistics will continue to bring about changes in the way CPR and cardiac care is administered. This only emphasizes the need to consistently sharpen your knowledge and skills by taking courses and becoming recertified annually. CPR recertification shows a commitment to safety for companies who pride themselves on providing the safest work environments for their employees.

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