How to Get CPR Certified

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Being able to perform CPR is an invaluable skill. It can literally save people’s lives. It can also make you more confident because you will be walking around with the knowledge that if something terrible happens, you are prepared. I this article we’ll explain how to get CPR certified.

The exciting thing is that CPR is a very simple thing to learn. With CPRHeartCenter, you can earn a certification in CPR quickly and easily.

This certification list consists of:

That can be a daunting list at first glance. However, each of the classes is affordable, so you can take as many as you like. Furthermore, you do not have to pay for the class until you have successfully passed the test. This means that if you decide on a course you want to take, and then realize it is not for you, all you have to do is go back and choose a different subject.

Classes

Once you have chosen a class, the website will take you to a basic rundown of what you need to know. For example, if you click on “CPR/AED/First Aid” you will be taken to an information page about CPR. This webpage will answer all your questions about CPR, AEDs and First Aid.

This web page will tell you that heart attacks cause a person’s heart to stop, which means that oxygenated blood is no longer being pumped through their body. Most notably, oxygen is no longer getting to the brain. A person can only survive without fresh oxygen in their brain for 10 minutes. Irreversible brain damage can occur as early as 4-6 minutes in. The CPRHeartCenter website will tell you that CPR manually pumps blood through a patient’s body and into their brain thereby keeping them alive until emergency personnel arrive on the scene to take over.

The website will also outline the Good Samaritan Law which protects citizens (such as yourself) who try to help. Most countries have the Good Samaritan Law or some variation on this law. The law basically states that if you tried to help the person without greed or malice in your heart, and there turns out to be medical complications down the line as a consequence of your actions, you cannot be held responsible. This law is one way of reminding you that if something goes wrong, you should always attempt to help. You will not get into any trouble for trying.

Website Walk-Through

CPRHeartCenter will then take you step-by-step through everything you need to do to successfully perform CPR. Each subheading on the website will give you a wealth of information on the subject it mentions.

This includes subheadings such as:

  • The C-A-Bs of CPR
  • Infant CPR
  • Children CPR (Age 1 Year to Puberty)
  • Adult and Adolescent CPR
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Guidelines
  • First Aid Procedures
  • The Human Heart
  • Types of Burns

In each of these sections you will be walked through exactly what to do in case of an emergency. The website is extremely thorough in that it makes sure to prepare you for everyday occurrences such as cuts, scrapes, and burns, as well as unlikely things such as amputations and performing infant CPR.

There are videos and photographs which accompany all of the sections. These visual aids help demonstrate to you how to perform each of the tasks which are described in the text. Some of the videos in the First Aid section do have blood which is important to note if you are sensitive to those sorts of things. However, this is merely an accurate depiction of the types of situations that could occur in real life. It is important for trainees to see and familiarize themselves with this.

In the other sections which are not CPR & First Aid related, you will see much the same as has been described above. The CPRHeartCenter website is very thorough. Everything which could possibly fall under the categories specified is carefully covered in easy, accessible language. All learning materials are accompanied by visual aids consisting of pictures and videos. You will be given a complete explanation both of what is happening in the body during a heart attack, an injury, a bloodborne disease, or life support, and how to attend to that issue.

Sections

Skills covered in other sections of the website include:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Universal Precautions
  • CPR for 2 Rescuers
  • When to Stop CPR
  • Types of Injuries
  • OSHA Required Prevention
  • When to Activate Emergency Response System
  • Special circumstances for resuscitation
  • Test Preparation

It is very important to read all of the text available on the CPRHeartCenter website and watch all of the videos. This will take you no more than an hour for each course. When you have done that, and you feel like you are fully prepared, it is time to take the test. There is no need to worry too much over the test. If you fail, you can always go back and retake it until you pass. You will not have to pay for the course until you pass the test. To pass, you need to earn 70% on the test. However, if you have read everything on the webpage and watched all the videos, this should be no problem. You are more prepared than you think.

CPR is a hands-on activity and it may seem strange that none of your training at CPRHeartCenter will be hands-on. Once you start your training, however, this will make sense. CPR, First Aid, and AEDs are all very intuitive. This is not a muscle memory that you must practice over and over. The most important thing is that you know what to do in an emergency. If you are able to pass the test, then it means you know the material. If you know the material then in an emergency you will be able to stay calm and do the right thing. Because you will already have the confidence that comes with knowing what to do from your courses at CPRHeartCenter.

Once you pass your exam, you will be certified in whichever course you chose congratulations! You are ready to save lives.

After The Test

Your certification will be emailed to you. Make sure that you check your spam folder as it is not uncommon for your certification to end up there. We will also ship your Hard Card and you will receive it within 2-5 business days. However, if you do not receive it within a few days, Contact Us.

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