“Practice Makes Perfect.” The teacher said it. Dad said it. Mom said it. “Keep practicing, and you will get it.” The legendary football coach took the statement one step further by saying, “Only perfect practice makes perfect”
Like any skill in life, the more we do it, the better we get at it. We have conclusive proof in our own lives; from crawling to walking to running, from scribbling to printing to writing, and from adding to multiplication to algebra to name a few.
Doing effective CPR has its own set of minor challenges, but it can be mastered and committed to memory. And CPR students can deliver quality effective CPR with just a few hours of training.
While no one on earth can guarantee, legally or otherwise, that receiving CPR will provide a successful result; numerous studies have shown that Quality EFFECTIVE CPR is the key to successful outcomes and maximum recovery from Cardiac Arrest. And the key to effective CPR is complete and thorough CPR training.
The average CPR/ Basic Life Support provider has just ONE opportunity every 2 years to practice these lifesaving skills, and that is when they take their CPR/BLS renewal class. While it is recommended to review the skills at least once a year, it is completely on the CPR provider to do this for themselves. We know what that means. Without easy access to manikins and training materials, it just isn’t going to happen. When CPR recertification time rolls around, any underdeveloped CPR skills not committed to long-term memory their previous class have become fairly useless. Critically valuable time in initiating and correctly following the recently streamlined skills procedures can be lost; especially when due to poor retention of the information and inadequate practice of the skills two-years before. If and when a CPR provider has not had a complete or thorough initial class, it is likely they will be more ineffective after a renewal CPR class. It is well-known that current CPR certification is required in any healthcare job in the United States. It is also no secret that a significant percentage of initial CPR classes are given in under 4 hours, and recertification classes are given in 30 minutes – 2 hours. American Heart Association standards clearly require instructors to give 6-8 hour initial classes, and 3-4 hour recertification classes. Cost effectiveness in the business of healthcare is the order-of-the-day in our times, and there are a number of CPR instructors and instruction sites around; so when you are looking for CPR classes for yourself, your family, or employees it may be a valid point to consider the potential cost and just how effective CPR can be if the CPR provider has not received complete training and demonstrated an effective understanding of the skills required to save a human life.