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Why to get your AED certification:

Maybe you've noticed them hanging on the wall of your gym. Maybe you've only seen them used on TV. Although they can sometimes look like jet packs hanging on the wall, what you're actually seeing is an automated external defibrillator. In the event of someone suffering cardiac arrest, they can mean the difference between life and death. Because of their life saving potential it is important that you not only recognize when an AED is available in the event of an emergency, but also know how to use it.

What is an automated external defibrillator?

An AED is an elctronic device that can automatically detect cardiac arrhythmia (the heart beating to
fast or too slow), and treat it through defibrillation, or the application of electric therapy.
Left untreated, cardiac arrhythmia or similar conditions, can cause permanent brain damage or even death within three to five minutes. With a standard first responders response time of 6 minutes or more, the chance of surviving cardiac arrest increases dramatically when AED systems are installed and available on-site. However, before an AED even has a chance of saving a life, someone at the scene must be able to operate it.

CPR and the Automated External Defibrillator:

If you witness a victim of cardiac arrest, the most important first step is to make sure that someone is calling 911. While someone is communicating with emergency responders, before attempting to use an AED, CPR should be administered immediately and consistently. CPR is the procedure used to attempt to create artificial blood flow through the heart through manual chest compressions. If you are considering becoming AED certified, an important first step is to become CPR certified as well. Before going to retrieve the AED make sure someone takes over CPR to keep blood flowing through the heart.

Where to get CPR and AED certified:

There are a number of resources available for anyone interested in becoming more prepared for emergencies. In the past, most people chose to receive CPR certification through organizations like the Red Cross, or at their local fire department. However with the growth of the Internet in the past decade, getting certified can be easier and cheaper than the offline alternatives. Sites like http://www.americansti.org/ offer CPR and AED certification online for as little as $19.95. It has never been easier to be prepared for the worst. If you are interested in more comprehensive first aid courses, the Red Cross is still has very popular courses that meet OSHA guidelines. Topics covered include caring for burn victims, head injuries, stroke and seizure victims in addition to learning how to properly administer CPR and operate an AED.

The benefits of CPR and AED certification:

Since most of the time there are no direct monetary benefits to becoming AED and CPR certified, why should you spend the time and money getting trained? Simply put, because it might be your only chance to save a life. Surely you cannot put a price on the possibility of saving the life of another human being. However there are other benefits such as more respect in the workplace, or perhaps it fulfils are cooperate requirement. Whatever your motivation for getting certified, you can only benefit from the experience.