Is First Aid And CPR Training The Same?

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Taking first aid and CPR training has become vital for us. Not a week passes when we don’t hear some sort of an injury befall us. This training can actually make all the difference in the world for the patient. In early days, first aid and CPR training was part of being a human. Everybody knew their first aid. But eventually we all got so absorbed in our lives that this training lost its importance. Now we feel that doctors are the only professionals who require this training.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a technique that saves lives. Doctors usually recommend people to start CPR with chest compressions. But expertise has its own value, and experts with CPR training are required to a bit more than chest compressions and rescue breathing.

1.   If you have never received any sort of CPR training than its better to play safe and just compress the chest with your hands. You need to perform 100 chest compressions a minute till help arrives.

2.   If you did take the training but it’s been a long time since and your skills are rusty, and then just compress the chest 100 times a minute till help arrives.

3.   If you’re confident in your abilities to perform CPR then instead of checking the patients air way and performing rescue breathing, you need to first do at least 30 chest compressions a minute and then check their air way and start with rescue breathing.

This advice applies to people of all ages, may that be an adult or an infant.

Different levels of CPR training:

1.   LEVEL 1 – Also known as level A, it is basically for general public who don’t want to get into complexities and just want to learn basic CPR. The course usually covers adult (8 years and above) CPR.

2.   Level 2 – Also known as level C. It is for general public who want to be trained in CPR of all ages, for household or workplace emergencies. Hence, this level trains people for CPR of all ages.

3.   Level 3 – Also known as level HCP. This course is designed for professionals who desire to pursue health are professions, such as doctors, nurses, etc. This course covers infants, children, and adults.

First aid:

‘Better safe than sorry.” It pays to learn first-aid as you’d rather know how to treat frequent bruises and cuts, rather than rush to the hospital every time your child scrapes his knee. It’s cost-effective, consumes way less time, and basically a must for everyone.

Different levels of first aid training

There are two different levels of first aid training.

1.   Standard first aid deals with almost all injuries including chest injuries, eye injuries, bones and joints injuries etc.

2.   Emergency first aid is basically for general public who are only interested in basics and to meet safety needs at workplaces and homes.

Difference between CPR and first aid training:

First aid training and CPR are two interweaved subjects, and usually people learn both of them instead of choosing one over the other. The basic difference between first aid training and CPR is that CPR training just covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid training covers CPR as well as other injuries in a broader context.

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