CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, keeps oxygenated blood flowing around the body to keep vital organs alive if a person goes into cardiac arrest. CPR itself won't restart someone's heart, but it can be crucial in keeping someone alive until a defibrillator arrives.
CPR is a life-saving skill required of healthcare professionals, lifeguards and childcare professionals, but the skills can also be important in the workplace or daily life.
There's a few ways to learn CPR skills and get certified in Maryland:
Hands-Only CPR classes
The Baltimore County Fire Department offers a class for "hands only CPR." The method consists of three steps:
- Call 911
- Push hard and fast on the center of the victim's chest
- Is possible use a portable defibrillator, also known as an AED
It's important to note that this course is not a certification class. Hands-only CPR does not call for mouth-to-mouth contact. It is considered to be just as effective as traditional CPR. The courses through the Baltimore County Fire Department are free.
Basic Life Support Course
These courses, also conducted by the Baltimore County Fire Department include an interactive video, mannequin, ventilation device, AED and experienced instructor. The course provides hands-on practices of procedures as well as lessons on how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and how to help. The course is $35.
American Red Cross CPR certification
Red Cross CPR certification classes are available in three ways: in-person, online and through a blended Simulation Learning Experience.
The Red Cross certification is valid for two years. After completion of a class, you'll also have access to online refresher materials.
Pet CPR courses
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in an emergency, rescue breathing and chest compressions may give your pet its only chance of surviving.
Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care.
Pet Tech™ is a training center dedicated to CPR, First Aid & Care for dogs and cats.