Providing a group CPR training day every year can help employees feel more confident in preparing for emergencies. If everyone knows how to do CPR, this will create a sense of comfort that there will always be someone nearby to help. It encourages team members to trust and rely on one another, and these are qualities that can carry over into their jobs and workplace.
What is CPR?
CPR stands for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. It is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions with artificial breathing (ventilation) in an effort to manually circulate blood to the vital organs of the body, such as the brain when the heart cannot pump adequality, or has stopped beating. The main purpose of CPR is to restore partial flow of oxygenated blood to the brain to delay tissue death and preserve brain function until professional help arrives.
CPR alone is unlikely to restart the heart. Administration of an electric shock to the casualty’s heart, termed ‘defibrillation’, is usually needed in order to hopefully restore a heartbeat. CPR compressions may succeed and assist in inducing and starting a heartbeat or rhythm that may be ‘shock-able’. Absolute Health Services, therefore, train CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) together as the survival chances increase drastically with the use of an AED during resuscitation attempts.
What are the types of CPR?
CPR can be administered either with or without rescue breathing/mouth-to-mouth ventilation. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, it is not a requirement to perform mouth-to-mouth ventilation. Compressions-only CPR may be performed where the first aiders only perform chest compressions (Hands-only CPR). It is the first aiders’ choice to decide if they feel comfortable performing mouth-to-mouth ventilation, or if they would only like to perform chest compressions.
Chest compressions on an adult are done using both hands in the middle of the chest, while compressions on a child between age 1 and 12 can be done using one hand only and an infant below 1-year-old only needs 2 fingers as their body size is small and the chest compressions depth does not need to be as deep.
Additional or two-person CPR is done when assistance arrives or a second CPR-trained person arrives, one person can open the airway and deliver the two rescue breaths and the other person performs the chest compressions. You must swop after every five cycles, or two minutes, as the person performing compressions must not get tired, as that might hamper their efforts or result in poor compressions.
Advantages for employees to be trained in CPR
The main reason for your employees to be trained in CPR is to empower them to be able to save a life. We live in a stressful world where heart attacks are becoming a common occurrence and having the skills to perform CPR on someone who needs it can be a life-changing event for both the casualty and the person performing CPR.
If you have employees who know CPR, it gives people the comfort of knowing they are safe at work, with the assurance that if something should happen to them, then they will be assisted by people who have had the necessary training to do so. Having the skills of CPR outside the workplace will also equip your employees to have the confidence and knowledge to help someone in their community or in any environment.
What are the benefits of CPR in Emergencies?
The main benefit of knowing the basics of CPR in an emergency is that it can save a life. A lot of the time, an emergency requires immediate action but the emergency services or hospital could be far away which is detrimental to the casualty’s wellbeing. Being able to administer CPR will reduce the risk of someone becoming brain-damaged or even dying as it keeps the blood circulating around the body to all the important organs like the brain and lungs.
CPR Training for Safety Managers in the Workplace
Employees will have peace of mind and feel they are valued and matter to the company if there are people trained in CPR steps and assisting in providing workplace safety. Safety Managers are people who manage and provide appropriate health and safety advice and guidance on accident prevention in the workplace. Safety Managers should understand and know how to perform basic CPR and they can then ensure that CPR and other health and safety-related training is organised for managers, supervisors, and other employees that are interested and able to attend.
Absolute Health Services offers 3 different courses in CPR:
- CPR for Everyone
- CPR for Professionals
- BLS for Healthcare Providers
These CPR courses have guidelines from and are accredited through the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa, for which Absolute Health Services is an accredited training provider.
We are fully accredited by the Health & Welfare SETA and Department of Labour to offer first aid as well as CPR training which can be delivered on-site at the workplace or home for groups of 8 delegates, or delegates can train at one of our training centres venues in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, or Cape Town.