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CPR, short for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency intervention technique that aims to restore proper breathing and blood flow of people who have just suffered cardiac arrest. Intervention during the first few minutes is critical, and can be performed on people who have lost consciousness and stopped breathing or breathe abnormally.
It is recommended to intervene in the following order: applying regular chest compressions, mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose breathing (artificial respiration) and defibrillation. Intervention usually consists only of chest compressions when it is performed by an untrained person; however, survival rates increase dramatically when defibrillation is also applied. That is why attending any of the CPR courses can help you save somebody’s life one day.
Defibrillation courses teach you the most important resuscitation technique
The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a device that applies electroshock, and is often found in the workplace and any other areas where lots of people gather. Before using the AED, make sure the device is working properly, its batteries have not run out, and that the electrode pads have not expired. The AED analyzes the condition of the patient on its own and assists the user each step of the way, but it is still important to be able to operate it, irrespective of its type.
A 4-hour AED course for 12 people is £315, and participants learn what to do in an emergency situation, how to communicate with a conscious patient and how to manage an unconscious one, as well as to familiarize themselves with all AED devices and learn how to use them efficiently.