What Happens in a CPR Class?

Basic lifesaving skills like CPR can be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.  Attending a CPR class can give you the tools you need to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest and other heart and lung related issues.

But what exactly does CPR training look like?  How can you prepare?  What should you be expecting?

CPR training is a relatively straight-forward process, but it’s also very important that you learn the correct way.

How to Prepare

The first step is, of course, to register for a class with a certified trainer.  Alternatively, some trainers (like us) will come out to your location to perform training.

Other than that, most, if not all of the materials will be provided for you.  It never hurts to confirm with your trainers beforehand whether or not you should bring anything particular.   It’s also not a bad idea to bring along some paper and a pen or pencil to take notes.  Dress as casually as you want.

What Happens in the Class?

To start, the instructor will go through the definition of CPR, the instances it’s used in, how it works, and why it’s effective.  You can also expect to be guided through basic laws and liabilities.  General first aid care will be taught.

Once you have the basic knowledge, it’s time for some demonstration of CPR technique.

For this portion, a special CPR dummy is used.  With this dummy, you’ll be able to experience a recreation of chest compressions should feel, as well as perform simulated mouth-to-mouth.  Attendees are taught the proper form and method vs. incorrect actions.

After That, You’re Certified

Once you’ve demonstrated to the instructor that you know and understand how and when to perform life-saving measures such as CPR, you’ll be officially certified.

How Do I Get Started?

If you live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, you can head over to our calendar here to sign up for one of our CPR classes MN or contact us directly and see about getting on-site training.  For those outside of the area, there is certainly certified CPR trainers in your area as well.

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