CPR AED Training and Certification


What is CPR AED Training?

CPR AED Training AED Certification

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AED training is focused primarily on one critical organ, the heart. The heart is very complex and vital organ that is responsible for sending blood throughout the body. An electric signal moves from the top to the bottom of the heart every time it beats in order to keep the blood constantly flowing. When there are problems with this beat, and something shifts out of order, it can cause arrhythmias in which the heart moves too fast, too slow, or noticeably irregular. In some cases the blood will stop pumping entirely and it will only take a matter of minutes for someone to die. There is, however, a short window to save a person’s life, and that’s where the automated external defibrillator (AED) comes into play.

An AED is a portable device that can both check a heart rhythm and send electrical shocks to the heart in an attempt to restore the natural rhythm that was corrupted. While CPR is a useful method to service people during cardiac arrest it is sometimes not enough to save someone’s life. The automated external defibrillator allows individuals to directly help someone having heart distress.

In cases of emergency untrained individuals may be able to operate the device correctly. There is, however, training courses and certifications for those interested in pursuing life saving medicine. In most cases this specific training will be offered in conjunction with other courses covering topics such as CPR and First Aid. While each different subject results in its own certification, the classes are closely related and thus can be taken together. It is also useful to take them together because it will help distinguish when problems can be saved with CPR versus needing to use the defibrillator.

During training there are a variety of things that one learns that can help ensure the process of usage are successful. Firstly one will learn to recognize the symptoms of cardio arrest and arrhythmias. Next students will be taught how to properly use the equipment in the more efficient way possible. While an untrained person can operate the device during emergencies– training provides practice time that will ensure the proper help is provided.

Organizations such as The Red Cross and the American Heart Organization offer large programs that include training in AED usage, CPR, and First Aid. These classes are available for anyone to partake in regardless of their medical training history. Ninety-five percent of people who suffer from a stoppage of pumping blood die within minutes because they don’t have access to the proper help. That’s why it is very important for everyone to be basically trained in how to properly operate an automated external defibrillator because the impacts of arrhythmias and SCA strike quickly.

Information on other EMS certifications can be found on this page.