CPR: Is Someone in Your Office Trained?

CPR is usually taught as part of a First Aid course, the person will also have training on how to deal with minor injuries, or how to improve the chances of survival if someone is suffering from a larger injury. The purpose of CPR is to keep blood flowing to the heart and the brain, to prevent tissue death and brain damage. CPR is meant to keep oxygenated blood circulating until defibrillation or other life support measures can be taken.


For an office environment, a workplace First Aid and CPR course may be the most appropriate choice. Training for both CPR and First Aid will take several hours, usually two business days, but it is possible to become trained in CPR over a weekend.

The Red Cross and the American Heart Association offers certified courses in First Aid and CPR. Visiting the respective websites of each organization will provide listings of available classes and course times in your area. It will also be easier to get reimbursed by your employer if you complete a certified course.

It is also possible to take CPR training online. However, if you have never taken a CPR course, you will not have completed the active learning exercise of performing CPR on a mannequin or CPR teaching device, so you may not know how much pressure is appropriate or where to properly place your hands to perform CPR.

No matter what program you select for CPR training, upon completion you should receive a certificate of completion, which will state if you can perform adult, as well as child and infant CPR, and the certification should be from a course from the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. A copy of this certificate can be added to your employment file.


Getting recertified is important as well. According to a study in Germany from 2008, only 22% of the laypeople who had completed Basic Life Support training were able to perform CPR correctly when retested. 32% of those who had repeated the course were able to perform CPR correctly. Recertification can be performed within twenty-four months of receiving the original certification, and it is usually less expensive than re-taking the original CPR course.

An Office Emergency

During an emergency that requires CPR, the patient will be lucky if the person trained in CPR is right next to them or on the same floor when the event occurs. If this doesn't happen it is best to prepare for an emergency by placing a list of people certified to complete CPR in the office First Aid kit. Include the person's full name, their direct office line and the date that they completed the CPR course. It is also useful, if you don't own a CPR kit, to place a CPR face mask or a shield into the office CPR kit.

The more people who are aware of this precautionary measure, the less panic and confusion in the office as they look for someone who can perform CPR.