I went to a CPR re-certification course yesterday. Even though I’ve had to go to these classes every 2 years for the past 20 years or so (first as a lay person, then as a hospital worker, then as a nurse), I always learn something new, or remember something I had forgotten. Plus, CPR rules for healthcare professionals are always being tweaked based on the most current research.
The practice portion always involves these types of mannequins. No face. No legs. Some type of bag for “lungs” so that the chest rises when you give breaths.
It may seem silly or unrealistic to work on these mannequins – a real scene could involve chaos, spine injury, traffic, blood, etc – but there is no question it is such valuable training. I’m actually glad it’s required. It is a skill that may not only be needed at work, but anywhere in the community.
My question for healthcare workers AND lay people is: Have you ever taken a CPR/First Aid course? Have you ever had to use these skills?