CPR: One Class Can Save a Life

Life insurance. Car insurance. Health insurance. As kids, we are taught “stop, drop and roll”, “stranger danger” and even what to do during an earthquake. We are a “preper” society.

So why is it that over 70 percent** of Americans are powerless to act during a cardiac emergency? We can just call an ambulance right? According to the American Heart Association, over 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home but only 8 percent of those actually survive. 8 percent! That means out of 100 people only 8 will survive if the attack occurred outside of a hospital. But you can make a difference.

Receiving CPR immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple** your chance of survival. Taking a CPR class is relatively short, easy and affordable. When comparing the opportunity cost of not taking a class, does a family member’s life really have a price tag?
And although cardiac arrest is the 2nd biggest killer in the U.S., in your lifetime you are much more likely to experience a minor injury such as a sprain, flesh wound, animal bite or viral infection. Like a cardiac arrest situation, you should be just as prepared.

A basic understanding of first aid can have a tremendous effect on the life of a family or friend. For example, do you know what to do if they are experiencing hypothermia? What about uncontrollable bleeding? A few simple steps can make all the difference. And with knowledge comes a calmer, more controlled state during the panic stricken moments after an accident.

We spend much of our lives and thousands of dollars on insurance, health foods, exercise and doctor visits; but just one class can make the difference between life and death. Acquiring the knowledge you need to be there when your family and friends need help is simple, easy and inexpensive. At the Tampa Training Center at HCC, first aid and CPR courses are available for families, church groups, Spanish speakers and more.

Visit www.tampatraining.com for more information. Remember, in the moments after an accident or cardiac arrest, a few simple steps can save a life.

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