Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why it's Important to have a Skilled CPR Instructor

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You wouldn’t trust a five-year-old kid to fix your leaky faucet or a 5th grade student to teach a college course, so why settle when it comes to learning the lifesaving skills of CPR?

Believe it or not, having a highly skilled Instructor can make all the difference when learning the techniques of CPR. And not only learning, but applying the techniques. Take our client, Shannon, for example. She recently experienced a life-threatening emergency and shared her story with us:

“THANK YOU for always being willing to come to Yucca Valley to teach our CPR classes... and THANK YOU for making sure we hear about seizures, burns etc..... this morning... one of my little ones had a seizure.... one helper stayed with him, I called 911 and my daughter called the little one’s mother.... the 911 operator, the paramedic, and the Dr. all commented on how calm, collected, and informative we were about times, duration.... etc. Other than ‘through the roof’ adrenaline rushes... we kept our heads and got through the moment.... THANK YOU for great training!!”
~ Shannon A., Yucca Valley, CA

THIS is exactly WHY we do what we do! Great training leads to great stories.

And, in addition to expertise, having a fun personality and infusing some humor into each lesson can really add to our client’s experience. At Learn CPR 4 Life, this is exactly how we operate. Our instructors are knowledgeable, but also very personable. The content of what we’re teaching is serious, but we always like to make sure we inject some fun into all our training classes!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, whether you want to learn CPR personally, become a certified instructor, or hold a CPR class at your company, please contact us today: (760) 947-2426

We look forward to meeting you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CPR Bob's Top 5 Fave Places to Visit on West Coast

CPR Bob's Top 5 Fave Places to Visit on West Coast

At Learn CPR 4 Life, we make it convenient for our clients in California by traveling to their location to teach classes. This past year, our mascot, Bob the Mannequin, has traveled to some pretty great places with us! Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting some of Bob’s favorite spots in California and Nevada. Follow along with us on our exciting Bob-inspired blog road trip.

1. Foxen Winery - Santa Maria, CA

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Visiting Foxen Winery was a first for Learn CPR 4 Life! We’ve never trained a group at a winery before until our visit to Santa Maria. Of course the content of the class is serious, but the environment was so welcoming. We loved getting to know the employees here, and it’s safe to say that Bob definitely enjoyed himself, along with his other mannequin counterparts.

2. Driving Along the Cali Coast

It’s no surprise that driving along the Cali coast ranks #2 on Bob’s list. On our way to a Corporate CPR training course, our drive was lined with the lovely Pacific Ocean. What a view! We could get used to this.

3. NAVIAR Oxnard, CA

Bob thoroughly enjoyed his trip to the Naval Air Systems Command, known as NAVIAR in Oxnard, CA. NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. Looks like we’re both in the business of saving lives! As you can see Bob thoroughly enjoyed his time here. Bob even told us, “I want to be a pilot now!” ;)

4. What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

Bob loves getting in the Christmas spirit. Him and Santa had an epic time cruising around in Santa’s sportsmobile. And although what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, Bob brought the xmas cheer back to Cali with us. But don’t worry, Santa went back to the North Pole to oversee his elves - and Santa did say that Bob was welcome there any time!

5. Snow White Weather

Bob’s first snow, and he loved it! “It was chilly, but such a refreshing change!” said Bob. We agree. We love the California coast, but nothing beats the crisp air of colder weather.

Do you live in California and need to get CPR certified? Maybe you’re looking into becoming an instructor yourself. Whether you’re part of a large corporation or you’re an individual, we would love to help you!

Please call us at (760) 947-2426.


Top 5 Reasons to get CPR Certified

Many people don't know that cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. - a frightening fact, but true.

*Cardiac arrest is just a fancy way of saying that someone's heart has suddenly lost its function - not to be confused with a heart attack - two different things!

Of the people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, the majority DO NOT receive CPR from a bystander, which contributes to their low chances of survival. What a world of difference it would make if more people knew how to properly perform CPR! Lives would be changed - in fact, lives would be SAVED.

The good news is that CPR is easy to learn. Our company, Learn CPR 4 Life, empowers thousands of individuals with proper training each year. And today we want to share some of the reasons why it's so beneficial to learn CPR. Follow along with us.

Top five reasons to get CPR certified:

1. We've already touched on the number one reason to get certified - CPR skills can SAVE LIVES. According to the American Heart Association, more than 300,000 cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. each year. Sudden heart failure can lead to someone collapsing, having difficulty breathing, poor blood circulation, or losing consciousness. Without blood properly circulating, the chance of survival plummets. By performing CPR quickly, a person's survival rate more than doubles. Worth it? We think so.

2. According to national studies, only 15-30% of people who suffered a cardiac arrest outside a hospital were given CPR by a bystander. During research, people were asked "what stops you from performing CPR?" A common answer was that the person simply did not know how, or that they feared they would do more harm than good. Because of a lack of training, CPR is not performed enough. Imagine the difference it would make if more people knew proper techniques and felt confident in administering CPR.

3. Another reason why people do not feel comfortable performing CPR is attributed to the common misconception that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation must be performed. Fortunately, in 2010, CPR guidelines were changed to say that if someone is not comfortable performing mouth-to-mouth, it's best to implement only hands-to-chest resuscitation. In fact, hands-only CPR proves to be just as effective as other methods for adults who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

4. Hands-to-chest CPR is easy to learn. Watch this funny video to see a quick tutorial.
If you want to get certified, check out our class schedule, or call us at 760-947-2426.

5. Many hospital patients have reported that their sibling, spouse, or parent saved their life with CPR. Since nearly 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home, it's so important to learn the life saving skill of CPR. We invite you to take the CPR challenge: If you haven't already - learn CPR and build confidence knowing that you could save a life!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

CPR Compressions

A recent review of research by The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center shows we may be giving CPR compressions too hard and too fast! The research may conflict with the 2010 guidelines of compressing ‘at least’ 5 CM (2 inches). In an article published by the university, Dr. Ahmad Idris, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at UT stated, “…About 60 lbs. of pressure are required to reach this depth. But in some cases a burly fireman or well-intended volunteer can go way past that amount, which can harm the patient.” Dr. Idris stated that, “About half of responders are giving chest compressions too fast, with about a third above 120 compressions per minute, and 20 percent above 140 per minute…” The review also suggested the ‘sweet spot’ for CPR compressions is 100 to 120 beats per minute. The article sited using the children’s song “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to help stay on the right pace.