Had you asked me several years ago, I never would have thought about doing CPR/First Aid certification. Not because I thought it was a bad idea, I just never really knew much about it or was offered the chance to do it. I actually did my first certification two years ago as a requirement to be AFAA-certified to teach group fitness, which is a requirement for me to teach Zumba. If I’m being completely honest, I only planned to do CPR training since that was what was required. Though other companies offered only-CPR training, the company we (my friend Megan and I went together) did the certification through offered a combined course that covered CPR, AED, and First Aid, and I’m so glad we went with the latter. In fact, now that I’ve had the chance to experience the certification, I really think that everyone should do it. You never know when that knowledge and those life-saving skills could come in handy – for a stranger or for a loved one.
On Saturday, I did my second CPR, AED, First Aid certification with the same company we used before, Caskey CPR. The previous CPR certification I did lasted two years and the First Aid three. Though I only needed CPR re-certification, I decided to do them all together to refresh my memory. I really loved having Grace lead the training again – she’s very personable and offers great real-life examples.
As I sat through training, I thought about all the ways that this information could come in handy for me:
- What if a Zumba participant began suffering from heat exhaustion?
- What if a Zumba participant fainted in class?
- What if hubby started choking?
- What if one of my parents suffered a heart attack or stroke?
(photo from last certification)
You don’t often think about worse-case scenarios, and though I hope that none of them ever happen, they absolutely could. Would I want to sit helplessly not knowing what to do? No, I’d rather be trained to know what to do if such an emergency occurred. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel like a CPR/AED/First Aid expert. But having now done my second certification, I feel a lot more confident that I would be able to do something to help. And I’d definitely rather know a little than nothing. I also took home some booklets with information, which we’re supposed to review once a month, and I think those reviews will help a lot, too. Though the thought of having to put some of this training to use in real life terrifies me, I still think I’d rather be trained then to know absolutely nothing.
And in case you are as clueless as I used to be about CPR/AED/First Aid training, here are some of the topics we covered. What to do if someone:
- needs CPR
- needs help from an AED
- has a heart attack
- has a stroke
- has a seizure
- has a diabetic problem
- suffers from heat exhaustion
- has a heat stroke
- gets bitten by a snake
- gets bitten by a spider
- is choking
- is unresponsive and not breathing
- is unresponsive and breathing
- has an allergic reaction to something (food allergy, etc.)
- suffers from poisoning (overdose, reaction, etc)
- falls down stairs
- is bleeding from a wound
- has a nosebleed
- has hypothermia
- has an asthma attack
Plus a lot more. Phew!
Oh and we learned about what to put in a First Aid Kit, which I really need by the way. I think I’ll get one this week.
Reader question: Are you CPR, AED, or First Aid certified? Have you ever had to use any of your training in real life?