First aid and CPR training is not just about a set of knowledge, or even being able to perform certain skills, students should be able to enact their CPR training in the real world if need be. When an emergency occurs, if the unaffiliated persons are not able to work together to enact their CPR skills together, then all of that CPR knowledge may be considered next to worthless as far as the victim’s health is concerned. In order for the CPR to have the best value for the victim, the participants must be able to plan, take control of the situation, and work together to care for the victim.


One of the first steps of leadership involves planning for the future. In CPR, the participants need to plan ahead to make sure that resources are forthcoming, and hazards are mitigated. In terms of the survivability of the victim, they will have a much better chance if plans have been made ahead of time to obtain emergency medical care and an AED prior to performing CPR. If CPR is started without regard for obtaining these resources, then they will not likely be available and the chances of survival will go down in spite of the participants CPR efforts. Likewise, if hazards are not mitigated, such as excessive temperature, then the chances of the victim surviving will be consequently low. Plans must be made to counter the entire situation or else the victim’s chances will suffer.


Leaders know when it is their turn to take control of the situation or otherwise fall into a supportive roll. While it may be easy to identify the victim, it may not be so easy to identify the leader of the situation. If nobody takes charge and leads in the case of an emergency, then little will happen or at best the situation will become uncoordinated. If multiple people fight for the position of leader by trying to take charge of the situation then precious time will be wasted while the victim suffers.


In all situations, a leader is someone who can work well with others. When needed, they take charge of a chaotic situation and others will respect their rightful and helpful commands. At other times, they know when it is in the best interest of the victim to listen to the person in charge and to fall in line and focus on the task at hand.

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