Portland CPR in Oregon offers high quality CPR training programs for the most affordable rates in the state. There are 8 different classes available, with varying schedules through the week so students don’t have a hard time finding a time that works for them. Rescuers with certification can also renew near-expiry credentials with Portland CPR. Our re-certification programs accompany most of the training programs that we offer trainees.
For more details regarding training, visit the Portland CPR website. All certificates received from Portland CPR are valid for 2 years. They can be renewed for an additional 2 years through re-certification, given that the credentials are still valid when the rescuer signs up for re-certification.
Basic Life Support training classes
The concept of Basic Life Support began in the 1700s when mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was first used to revive drowning victims. In the 1900s, the first successful use of chest compressions to revive a victim was reported, leading to the creation of of a set of BLS guidelines by the American Heart Association. BLS is meant to manage a cardiovascular emergency before medical help arrives for the victims.
There are three BLS programs at Portland CPR. Because the point of BLS is only to revive the victim and try to get him stable enough, the programs are focused on developing CPR skills such as chest compressions and rescue breaths.
- Basic CPR and AED training – This is a general public class that offer optional certification to trainees who want to become certified rescuers. It trains students to perform 1-person CPR, give basic first aid, and defibrillation. (4 hours)
- Basic CPR and AED training (C) – This is a program that tailors basic CPR lessons for HCPs or students in healthcare. It also teaches 1-person CPR, first aid, and AED to trainees. (4.5 hours)
- Basic Life Support (C) – This is a programs for HCPs as well, but teaches 1-person and 2-person CPR and the AHA’s 2010 BLS guidelines. (4.5 hours, re-certification 4 hours)
Advanced Life Support training classes
The concept of ALS was also introduced in the late 1900s, outlining the proper management of cardiac arrest in a clinical setting. Managing cardiovascular emergencies in a hospital involves the use of CPR equipment (bag valve masks, endotracheal tubes) and medication. Adult and pediatric dosages of medication commonly used during a code.
Trainees who plan in enrolling in ALS training are required to have a BLS for HCP training certificate. They are also required to get a passing grade on the pre-test (a practical
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) – ACLS training teaches trianees how manage cardiac arrest of an adult patient. They are taught the proper sizes of BVMs and ET tubes, and proper dosage and indication for medication for adults. (16 hours [2 days], re-certification 5-6 hours)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – PALS training on the other, teaches the management of pediatric patients. CPR for infants and young children are very different, especially pediatric pharmacologic dosing and assessment. Sizes of BVMs and AT tubes are also different as the child grows. (14 hours [2 days], re-certification 6-8 hours)