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Why You Should Learn CPR and First Aid



From the American Heart Association

Anyone can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)  – and everyone should! Sadly, 70% of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.


Why Learn CPR?

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.


Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.


Who Can You Save with CPR?

+ At work, there can be so many people that an incident is likely, sooner or later. Preparation is essential.

+ Statistically speaking, the life you save is likely to be a child, a spouse, a parent, or a friend.

+ African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest.


Why Take Action?

+ Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.

+ Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance

     of survival, but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

+ Sadly, less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

+ The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the

     skills they need to perform bystander CPR.

+ If you are reading this page, you are just one step away from arranging this training! CPR Plus More is

     authorized to conduct the courses designed by the American Heart Association or the American Safety &

     Health Institute.


First Aid

From the American Safety & Health Institute

Safe practices at work, home, and play can prevent many injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Once injury or sudden illness has occurred, effective first aid can be the difference between a rapid or prolonged recovery, a temporary or permanent disability, and even life or death.   


Why Learn First Aid for Work?

+ At work, injuries and illnesses kill about 2.2 million people in the world each year. 

+ On average, 15 workers die each day in the U.S. from traumatic injuries.

+ More than 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year.

+ With training, self-help improves. Employers reduce workman's compensation claims.

Why Learn First Aid for Home?

+ Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S.for individuals younger than 44 years of age.

+ In the U.S. about 1/3 of all injuries occur at home.

+ In the U.S. about 20% of injury deaths occur at home.

+ For every home injury death, there are about 650 nonfatal home injuries.