CPR certification expires every 2 years. CPR recertification is a great way to refresh your skills and refresh your memory before your certification expires. Recertification and renewal classes by the American Red Cross take less time than standard CPR classes and allow you to keep your certification for another two years. It can make a difference in a crisis situation whether your staff is trained up to date.
The Renewal Process
You have two options when renewing your CPR certificate. Traditional or blended learning is available depending on your CPR certification requirements. Blended recertification is when you learn online and then complete a hands-on training session in person. Traditional recertification is when you find a class in person and then complete the class and hands-on training all in person.
CPR Renewal and Certification is Important
It is vital to be CPR certified and keep up with your renewals. In just one year, 475,000 Americans are killed by cardiac arrest. 350,000 of these cardiac arrests take place outside of hospitals. The survival rate of a victim is dramatically improved by CPR performed by a bystander. This survival rate can be even higher if they are CPR certified. CPR can increase survival chances by up to three times if performed immediately.
CPR is vital because it maintains blood flow in the victim. The six links of the Chain of Survival, which the American Heart Association calls the Chain of Survival, are where CPR is crucial.
- Recognize cardiac arrest and call 9-1-1
- CPR in its earliest stages
- Rapid defibrillation
- Advanced EMS resuscitation
- Care after cardiac arrest
It is important to renew your certification every two years. However, it is equally important to attend refresher courses each and every year. When it comes to saving lives, you can’t have enough information. We encourage everyone to be certified in CPR and to keep their certification active.
This post was written by a medical professional at The Wellness Firm. The Wellness Firm services include workplace flu clinics, flu vaccinations, onsite rapid COVID event testing, employee physical examination, as well as corporate CPR training. We have professionals that provide in-person hands-on, quality training.