CPR/First Aid/AED, CPR only, Hands-Only CPR

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Which course should you take?  If possible, I encourage taking the full CPR/First Aid/AED course for anyone who has not been trained before.  This will give them training in a variety of potential health related problems including sudden cardiac arrest.  Trauma bleeding is a leading cause of death in many emergency situations.  Like CPR, if you know what to do, you can save a life by stopping massive bleeding until professionals arrive to take over.  In the majority of situations, you are looking at helping for a very short amount of time until the police, fire, and/or EMTs arrive to render more detailed aid.

If you are short on time or money, you can elect to take the CPR only class.  This reduces the amount of classroom lectures or online interactive video training.  It also will reduce some of the time dedicated to practical training.

Hands-Only CPR was “developed” to provide the general public quick instruction in the most important part of CPR.  It has been proven that most sufferers of sudden cardiac arrest can go for a very few minutes without the assistance of rescue breathing if effective chest compressions are given.  These first few minutes are the critical difference between survival and death.  

Brain death begins somewhere around three to five minutes without oxygen.  When they take that final breath before the heart suddenly stops, their lungs have 21% oxygen in them.  The normal human uses about 7% of that air per breath leaving 14% reserve.  If we circulate the blood through the lungs by effective chest compressions, you extend the amount of time through that oxygenated air in their lungs without supplementing breathing for them.  A few minutes means you probably have EMTs, Fire, and police trained to take over at your side.

CPR, CPR/First Aid/AED classes offer certification.  Often, your job may require you to be certified.  Hands-only CPR is not a certification class.  It can be taught in a few minutes and after a few minutes of practice you have skills that will help in a time of emergency.