Getting training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has become very popular in the US over the recent years. With emergency situations happening left and right, it has become part of everybody’s responsibility to be prepared for them. CPR training is offered by a number of providers all over the country but none compare to us. We offer CPR training programs in six cities, over five states. Name the program you need, we have it.
We have six training locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Honoulu, Seattle, and Portland. Enrolment is quite easy, all of these providers have application forms on their respective websites. Enrolment details can also be sent over telephone or e-mail, but expect them to be processed during business hours only. The same goes for in-person sign ups.
CPR is taught in two ways, Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support. BLS programs teach students the basic skills in CPR – chest compressions and rescue breaths. These programs are very basic, teaching a rescuer how to manage cardiac arrest before the victim reaches proper medical attention. ALS programs however, focus on proper medical management of cardiac arrest. Students are taught how to use CPR equipment and medications needed when a patient “codes”.
Basic Life Support
Basic Life Support is available in three classes, one for the public and two for healthcare providers. Only one of the classes has an accompanying re-certification program. BLS programs are focused on either one-person or two-person CPR rescue, basic first aid, and automated external defibrillation (AED).
Basic CPR and AED training
(general public, 4 hrs) Basic CPR teaches basic CPR skills for one-person rescue, first aid, and defibrillation. It also introduces trainees to different cardiovascular diseases and emergencies that can lead to cardiac arrest. To become a certified rescuer, the trainee needs to take a skill test once the program is completed. This test is optional; students can choose not to get certified.
Basic CPR and AED training (C)
(healthcare providers, 4.5 hours) This program tailors the basic CPR and AED curriculum for healthcare providers. It covers the same topics – one-person CPR rescue, first aid, and AED training. The post-tests for certification are mandatory, consisting of a practical test and a written one.
Basic Life Support for HCPs
(healthcare providers, 4.5) BLS training teaches trainees both one-person and two-person CPR over a short period of time, making the course for people who are familiar with CPR training. It teaches the latest 2010 BLS release from the American Heart Association. Post-tests are also mandatory to receive certification. Re-certification is available for this program, 4 hours.
After completing all the classes or lessons and passing the post test, certificates are awarded to the trained rescuers. The credentials are valid for 24 months according to the regulations of the AHA. One the certificates near their expiry, they can be renewed for 2 more years in a re-certification class. However, take note that once a certificate is allowed to expire, the rescuer will have to retake the training program.