What Are the Benefits of Carrying an American Heart Association CPR Certification?


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A CPR certification from the American Heart Association provides the skills and knowledge needed to save a person going into cardiac arrest. It is sometimes required for a person to be CPR certified to be eligible for employment, according to Tanya Robertson for the Houston Chronicle.

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A vast majority of cardiac arrests happen at home with a survival rate of less than 10 percent, reports the American Heart Association. The more bystanders who are knowledgeable of CPR and willing to act, the greater the likelihood a cardiac arrest victim receives life-saving aid. The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually.

CPR is required for employees working in medical facilities, childcare centers, fire departments, jails and prisons, explains Robertson. Physicians, nurses and lab technicians working in hospitals, nursing homes and the like are required to be CPR certified to ensure patient safety. Certification is often required by professional childcare providers, people providing living arrangements for children such as a foster home or juvenile detention and organizations that involve working with children on a regular basis such as schools. Firefighters and staff working in jails and prisons are in environments where medical emergencies happen suddenly. It is important to know CPR in the event they are the first on the scene of an emergency.

CPR certifications are also offered by the American Red Cross, according to its official website. First aid and automated external defibrillator, or AED, certifications are offered in congruence with CPR certification.

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