Why is Learning CPR & CPR Certification Important?

by | Jun 28, 2024

Learning CPR is important because about 356,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year inside the United States, and close to 90% of them die. This means around 320,400 don’t survive cardiac arrest due to a lack of CPR and the use of an AED. With prompt CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), survival rates improve dramatically. If CPR and AED are always used, which triples the chance of survival, that would bring the survival rate up from 10% to about 40%. This means those that die from cardiac arrest each year would go from 356,000 to about 213,600. That means 142,400 more people could be saved each year if in every one of those 356,000 situations someone jumped in with prompt high quality CPR and use of a defibrillator or AED.

The Life You Save May Be Someone You Love

Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home or around 73%. That means if they are in your home, you are going to want to be able to do everything in your power to help that person you love. They aren’t just a statistic anymore they are a dear family member or friend. However, if you don’t know CPR, then you won’t have the head knowledge to help that person. 

Many victims of sudden cardiac arrest appear healthy and may not have any known heart diseases or risk factors. So you won’t necessarily know to expect it.

As a CPR instructor, I have had the amazing privilege of hearing firsthand the success of people saving their husband, child, or wife. One in particular stands out where a woman told me in tears how grateful she was that she knew how to respond when her husband went into cardiac arrest. Not only did she know how to respond, but she was able to help her husband survive cardiac arrest by performing CPR until the EMTs arrived.

If you would like to learn CPR, sign up for a CPR and First Aid class near you here. We have in-person and online blended training across Georgia and South Carolina. If you are outside of this region, we encourage you to find another training provider or watch these videos explaining the process.

Related Article: What We Can Learn from Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest

Unfortunately CPR and AEDs Don’t Always Bring Them Back

While CPR and the use of AED are the most effective way to respond when someone goes into cardiac arrest, it isn’t guaranteed that it will work. I want you to do your best to try to save the person if you are ever responding to sudden cardiac arrest, but if they don’t survive, I don’t want you to carry that burden. Unfortunately, due to underlying conditions and things outside of your control, they may still not survive, even if you did everything perfectly. CPR and using an AED if you have it is essentially giving them a chance at survival. Without it, there would be zero hope of survival. Giving them a chance is the most important part. 

This being said, you can’t give them a chance if you don’t know what to do. Which again brings us to the importance of CPR training and certification.

How to Be Prepared to Respond to Cardiac Arrest

Like any skill, you need hands on practice and as much of it as possible. CPR is scary and many people shy away under the pressure. Studies have shown that bystanders may hesitate to do CPR—even if they have been trained in CPR and how to use an AED. The most common reasons for responders’ reluctance are mistrust of their abilities and fear of injuring the victim. While yes, you can hurt the person temporarily when you do CPR, you must do CPR anyway. If you hurt them, it will be in the chest area, for example, maybe a broken rib. Broken ribs don’t kill you, brain damage does. I’d rather be alive with a few broken ribs than dead with my ribs in tack. By doing CPR, you can only make things better for the person. While you should strive to do it correctly, don’t let fear of not doing it perfectly paralyze you. Doing nothing is far worse than doing non-perfect CPR or potentially injuring the victim in the process. 

If you are concerned about being sued, if something goes wrong, know the Good Samaritan Law protects you as long as you act in good faith.

Frequent refreshers and hands-on practice are the best way to build confidence in your skills. Sign up for a class today here or book a class for a group at your facility here.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="https://www.firstresponsecpr.com/blog/author/mattenser/" target="_self">Matt Enser</a>

Matt Enser

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Matt has taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety courses for First Response since December 2018. He also coordinates much of the digital marketing and creative tasks. Outside of First Response, he can be found getting up in the mountains as well as serving in the local church.

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