CPR is used to deliver a small amount of blood to the heart, if something has caused the heart to cease pumping oxygen. This can keep the body and brain functioning until defibrillation can be performed.
Health professionals such as doctors, nurses and dentists are required to be certified in CPR. Sometimes, it is also a requirement for teachers and lifeguards. Although average citizens are not required to have certification, they can obtain it if they choose. It is available through local hospitals, but some employers also offer classes and certification can also be obtained online.
Various websites are available in order to research classes in your area. Normally, you can search using your zip code. There may also be the option to search by course type; courses include CPR for adults, CPR for children and infants and CPR for pets.
CPR courses are also available online. This may be useful if the class times are not suitable as you can study when convenient. The programs that can be completed over the internet also tend to be cheaper. One disadvantage is that you will not get to practice your skills on a dummy, as may happen in lessons. If you want additional support, you may prefer to take a class at your local college or hospital.
You can easily find a CPR course on the internet for free, but if you also want the certification there will usually be a fee.
If your employer requires you to have certification, be aware that many will only accept certification from certain organizations, you should ensure that your chosen course fits their requirements. Many employers may only accept certification obtained from attending a lesson, rather than an internet course.
- Lessons are available for anyone who wants to learn CPR and obtain certification.
- You can find lessons using the internet.
- Certification is provided by different organizations.