What led you to become an EMT and CPR instructor?
I have always had a fascination for the human body and how it is put together; both anatomy and physiology. My curiosity led me to emergency medical services. At first, I was a 9-1-1 operator at the Sheriff’s Office, but the job was very high stress. I wanted to work with people while being outdoors. EMT was the perfect fit for me. While I was working EMT, an opportunity presented itself for me to become a CPR instructor. During this course, I became an American Heart Association authorized CPR instructor and obtained my certification from the health and safety institute. This means that I’m certified to train health care providers and lay persons.
how long did it take to get all those certifications?
It didn’t take me a very long time because I already had a background in emergency medical care. For somebody else coming from no experience in emergency medical care, it may take up to a year.
What is an important topic covered in your CPR classes?
One of the main things to know is recognizing when someone is in sudden cardiac arrest. Every human that is created has a biological pacemaker called the heart. The heart fires off these little electrical charges, and those charges are responsible for sending a signal through the ventricles that are connected to the heart. The ventricles pump blood throughout the body 24/7. When a person is sick, under extreme stress, or other duress’s the electrical system of the heart goes haywire and the heart stops pumping blood immediately. If this occurs, the person instantly stops talking, suddenly collapse, or slump over. This is how you can recognize cardiac arrest.
Someone who is in cardiac arrest needs CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) immediately while help is called. Every minute CPR isn’t applied the individual’s chance of surviving decreases by 7%. Call 9-1-1, and if available, access the AED (Automated External Defibrillator). An AED analyzes heart rhythm and provides a shock to the heart in the hopes of jumpstarting it. AED’s are easy to use. If you are given an AED, turn it on and it will tell you exactly what you need to do to save that person’s life.