There are many things an adult should be aware of, and CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is one of them. In fact, it has been found that the average 13 year is taught CPR procedures in high school or at gym, while many adults remain sadly unaware of how to administer it.
In many states in the United States of America, it has been made compulsory for children to learn CPR techniques at high school level so that by the time they graduate, they are well equipped with the skills to save a life should the need ever arise. However, adults fall into the category of the people who are more likely to require CPR. This is because adults are at a higher risk of heart attack as compared to younger children still in high school. Similarly, adults are also more likely to be around when someone else in their age group starts to suffer from a heart attack. Statistically, the chances of someone possessing a knowledge of CPR being around when another person in the vicinity begins to suffer from a heart attack is currently slightly over 1%, making it all the more necessary to learn these techniques.
One school in the United States of America has come up with an interesting technique to ensure that more and more people are familiar with the technique and know what to do when someone else suffers a heart attack in their presence. They teach their students CPR then make it compulsory for them to go home and teach someone else the technique as well. The more people the students educate, the more credits they get. It was found that on average each school student taught 2.5 others.
This “learn and teach” model is very effective since it makes young children take an active part in the learning process and gives them a sense of importance as well. It also makes them more receptive to the information passed on to them, since they know that they need to make sure that someone else knows it too. When you teach someone something, it is always the case that your own knowledge is refreshed and reinforced in a better manner, so that you learn better and are in a better position to answer questions.
For those parents who are not interested in learning CPR from their own, or someone else’s, children, it is still advisable to learn it from elsewhere as well. After all, most heart attacks happen when you least expect them to. When a heart attack happens, CPR is usually performed by other people less than 45% of the time, and that too is done by people who are not sure of what they are doing, so that the success rate is even lower. This makes it all the more necessary to learn the right procedures the right way.
If you are not interested in forking out the money to learn CPR professionally, it is advisable to purchase one of the several home instruction kits that cost less than 40$.