How do I Choose the Best CPR Classes?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 30 December 2018
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There are four things to consider when looking for the best CPR classes: certification, small class size, qualified instructors, and CPR mannequins. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, classes are available from a number of different organizations, including the Red Cross, Red Crescent, St. John Ambulance service, and American Heart Association, as well as many local hospitals and fire stations. CPR is a technique used to mimic the circulation and respiration system.

There are a wide number of professional roles that require a valid CPR certificate, such as anyone in the health services industry, rescue personnel, transit operators, and teachers. The CPR certificate is usually valid for up to two years. In order to renew the certificate, a refresher CPR class is required. CPR is a proven technique that can save lives and increase the chance of surviving a heart attack or interruption in breathing. Take the time to learn the proper technique, as you never know when you might need to use these skills.

The most important item to look for in CPR classes is the name of the certifying agency. This information must be prominently displayed in all advertising and course material. A very specific course curriculum and material is provided by these agencies, and it is important to ensure that the instructor is able to issue a certification upon completion of the course. If not, another course instructor is required.


CPR classes combine theory and practical application. The lower the number of students in the class, the more individual attention the instructor can provide to each student. It is important to grasp the theory and the actual techniques from CPR classes, as these techniques can be life-saving when used properly.

All CPR class instructors must be qualified to teach these courses. Specific training and certification is required. The training and examination process is quite intense, as these instructors are responsible for training the public about CPR and first aid. Check the certification of the instructor to make sure it is current and from a recognized agency.

CPR mannequins are plastic dummies of the head, neck, and upper torso and are built with inflatable lungs and a sensor to measure chest compressions. The mannequins are used to practice the CPR technique and provide feedback. The number of mannequins available is very important when selecting a CPR class. Many people are surprised at the level of pressure required to effectively perform CPR. This information can only be gained through repetitive practice with a CPR mannequin.



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