BLS CPR & AED classes in Missouri can help you become a more capable, confident, and helpful citizen. By learning lifesaving techniques, you can provide care when needed most and save the life of an infant, child, or adult during a medical emergency, even if you are not a healthcare provider or medical professional. Our CPR certification classes are accessible to all Missouri residents, including those in St. Louis and Jefferson City.
Online CPR Certification in Missouri
We offer online CPR training courses for Community, Workplace Employees, and Healthcare providers in Missouri. Thousands of institutions and organizations accept our course certification worldwide. As a result, we are trusted by thousands of healthcare professionals and public safety professionals for employment requirements.
Our Online CPR and First Aid training takes only a few short hours to complete but can help you save a life when every second counts. We follow the latest American Heart Association & Emergency Cardiovascular Care/ILCOR guidelines. We are also OSHA Standard-compliant to ensure that you get a quality education. From receiving your training materials, studying the online coursework, and taking the certification exam, you can count on us. In addition, our CPR completion card is nationally accepted. You can instantly print your digital certification card from your printer after the successful completion of our CPR class.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a technique that manually pumps blood to deliver oxygen to the organs during a cardiac arrest when the heart cannot do it on its own. When not beating, the heart fails to pump blood to the body's major organs, including the brain. These organs need the oxygen contained in blood to survive, and without it, severe brain damage will occur within four minutes, and the victim will die within ten minutes. Therefore, performing immediate CPR dramatically improves a victim's chance of survival while waiting for the treatment from Medical Services Team.
What is the standard CPR procedure today?
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the basic guidelines for performing CPR are:
1. Check the victim for responsiveness and determine if they have a pulse. If there is no pulse, rescuers should have another bystander call 911 while they begin CPR immediately.
2. Kneel above the victim's chest and stack the hands on top of one another in the center of the victim's chest.
3. Perform rapid chest compressions at a rate of 2 per second, or approximately 120 beats per minute. Pump the chest at least 2 inches downward with each compression.
4. If the victim is not breathing naturally, the rescuer should open the airway by tilting the head back, then deliver one rescue breath and observe if the victim's chest rises to indicate that the breath has returned. If the chest does not inflate, give a second rescue breath, then perform chest compressions again.
5. Alternate compressions with rescue breathing at a rate of 30 compressions to 2 rescue breaths, or 15:2 if two rescuers are present.
When is compression-only CPR recommended?
Compressions-only or hands-only, CPR is recommended for individuals who have not received formal CPR training or certification. Compressions-only CPR is the most straightforward technique, making it the easiest for anyone to perform effectively, even those not certified. Compressions-only CPR is also used when a victim breathes normally but does not have a pulse due to cardiovascular complications.
What is the recommended method for treating a stroke victim?
A stroke happens when the brain has a broken or blocked blood vessel. Without sufficient blood flow, the brain loses oxygen and rapidly deteriorates. If the victim is unconscious, rescuers should call 911 and perform CPR. Certified first aid responders will learn a stroke assessment system like the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale (CPSS) which helps rescuers assess a stroke victim quickly. To evaluate a potential stroke victim, rescuers will assess facial droop, arm drift when the victim raises their arms to shoulder height, and speech. In addition, first aid class participants will learn which behaviors are normal and indicative of a stroke.
Missouri CPR Data
Missouri ranks 41st out of 50 states for cardiovascular deaths in one year.
For every 100,000 people in Missouri, there are 284 cardiovascular deaths annually.
Over 350,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen across the US every year.
Cardiac arrest is a top cause of death in America.
Only 46% of Americans who died from cardiovascular complications had received CPR before emergency medical support arrived.
In Missouri, men are 45% more likely to die from cardiovascular complications than women.