Why is CPR Training Important?

Why is CPR Training Important?

CPR Training is important. It can save your life, your children’s lives, your parent’s lives or even a stranger’s life. Getting trained is easily accessible to anyone who wants it and not hard to complete. Learning the basics can be empowering and it is something you will remember throughout your lifetime.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly referred to as CPR, is a life-saving technique that helps maintain blood flow to the brain and heart in an emergency situation. Knowing CPR is a requirement for some professions such as lifeguard, child care provider, and health care assistant. Here are a few reasons why CPR training is so crucial.

CPR is live saving.

If you are ever in an emergency situation, the first step is to always call 911. But in some cases those few minutes spent waiting on a medical professional are precious. If you are certified in CPR, you will be able to confidently and effectively apply these skills to help aide the victim until the first responders arrive and can take over.

CPR is not performed enough.

Recent studies suggest that less than half of those who suffer from cardiac arrest receive any type of CPR assistance from a bystander. When these types of situations arise the common response is that no bystander was certified in CPR or that there was an aspect of fear involved causing those around to hesitate in administering these critical skills. Taking a CPR course will alleviate any fear you may have in administering proper CPR techniques should an emergency occur.

CPR is empowering.

CPR Training

Not all emergency situations requiring CPR occur in a public forum. Almost 85% of all cardiac arrests take place in the home.

Spouses, children and parents alike should consider taking even the most basic CPR certification course in preparation for any dire situation. We all know children under the age of five are known to get into quite a bit of mischief. Should your child become unresponsive due to his own curiosities, you will feel confident in knowing there is something you can do until professional medical help arrives.

The same rule applies if your husband, father, wife or mother appears unresponsive while in your home. Knowing proper CPR will give you the courage and assuredness you may need to take swift, and potentially life-saving, action.

CPR is better in numbers.

Should an emergency situation arise while you are in..

  • a restaurant
  • a crowded shopping mall
  • even a grocery store

…having more than one person that is adequately trained in CPR can be beneficial. Depending on how long it takes for an ambulance to arrive, a single person performing CPR could grow tired or frustrated. This is where a second CPR trainee could step in and relieve the first person of their duties. They could then trade off applying their CPR skills until help arrives.

CPR is a work skill.

As already mentioned, CPR licensure is required for some occupations. While many job descriptions do not call for their applicants to be professionally trained in CPR, those certifications are certainly useful and valued in any workplace. Being certified in CPR may set your resume apart from the crowd and ultimately earn you an interview with a potential employer.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

CPR can save someone’s life or even your own. It’s crucial to get trained and it is easily accessible. At Reynolds Memorial Hospital CPR classes are offered regularly to the community. Contact us at 304-845-3211 for more information.

How to Quit Smoking: Tips and Advice

How to Quit Smoking. Understanding the Dangers of Smoking

We get it. Smoking has been a part of your life for quite some time now. But what happens when you discover smoking no longer serves you, but you struggle to put it down? This requires more than discipline. Whether you want to gradually reduce intake or stop cold-turkey, there should be a clear strategy that works best for you. Let’s look at some ways to kick the nicotine addiction  and how to quit smoking once and for all.

First, take into consideration the implications of stopping cold turkey: about 90% of people that try to quit tobacco do it without outside support free of aids, therapy or medication, but only 7% succeed in doing so. This by no means proves that you cannot stop cold turkey, but it wouldn’t hurt taking into consideration some other options for enhanced support.

Master Plan

Great things come to people with a plan; especially when we’re talking about life-altering undertakings for the better. It would be in your best interest to strategically organize your plan into manageable segments with milestones along with a date of completion at the end.

This date can be referred to as the “quit date” where you prepare for the actual date of cigarette abstinence. There are really two issues to deal with when stopping smoking:

  1. Nicotine addiction
  2. Actual habit of smoking.

You need to address both, or failure is much more likely.

Replacement Therapy for Nicotine Addiction

There is a wide selection of nicotine gums, patches, inhalers, sprays and cough drops that serve as nicotine substitutes. Rather than smoking, you can replace most, if not all, of the tobacco consumption with a healthier nicotine substitute.

Study Yourself, and Apply Alternatives to Help with the Habit

A dosage of behavioral therapy can definitely assist you with this process. By analyzing how you operate and recognizing your “triggers,” aka common times or areas where you crave cigarettes, recovering smokers can plan a way to avoid these times of temptation.

This may require you to detach from your old friends or settings of leisure. You also need to be busy during the times when you would normally smoke to keep your mind off of the habit of smoking.


How to Quit SmokingThe first few days are definitely going to be the most challenging, and the urge to smoke will probably be at an all-time high. Don’t give into the desire though. Sometimes stimulating areas around your mouth can make the brain register a feeling of pleasure similar to smoking. You can keep a toothpick or lollypop in your mouth, or even chew sunflower seeds.

You’re going to have to restructure your way of thinking and living around a healthier mode of operation. Associate yourself with people who do not smoke, and join them in social settings to experience fun without smoking. The journey you are undertaking is something entirely new and challenging. However, the long-term benefits of a life without cigarettes is worth the hard work and dedication.

Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Catherine MacAlister is Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist. She offers inpatient counseling to individuals who wish to quit smoking.

According to the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Surgeon General has said,

“Smoking cessation represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about this service, please contact Catherine at 304-843-3258.