Choosing quality instruction that’s best for you
Research from around the world is clear when it comes to the importance of CPR and Automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The more people who learn these life-saving skills, the greater the chance that someone suffering a cardiac event will receive timely intervention and survive.
The question becomes, then, what constitutes a quality class? There are plenty of options available, but only a few have the curriculum and the authorization to get the best results.
1. What certification do you need?
The place to begin is to understand which sort of certification you require. Some CPR courses are designed specifically for healthcare professionals who are required to be certified and to renew that certification on a regular basis. These classes tend to be more intensive.
There are other courses, however, that are geared to other professions in which certification is required, such as a teacher or daycare worker, family members who are caring for someone with a heart issue, and ordinary people who just want to be prepared in case of an emergency.
In addition, some courses are specific to providing CPR for adults, children, or infants.
2. Which organization certifies the coursework?
The two leading organizations that authorize CPR classes and coursework are the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC). If you’re seeking a class as a result of employment, be sure to know which certification your employer requires.
While both organizations offer similar programs, the AHA tends to include more physiology and pharmacology information. The advanced courses for medical professionals are also more in-depth in order to combat the loss of skills that can occur over time.
ARC, on the other hand, provides community specific programs in addition to CPR instruction.
3. Beware of unknown programs
It’s always a smart idea for the buyer to beware, and that maxim holds true for CPR and AED training. There are plenty of companies that promise certification, but as stated above – all certifications are not created equal. When it comes to learning how to save a life, it may not be wise to chance it with lesser known and qualified courses.
4. Internet or classroom?
Some providers provide instruction via e-courses. While this is convenient, there should also be a hands-on component. In fact, many courses will require classroom time so participants can work with other students, perfect skills with hands-on instruction, and demonstrate mastery of skills to a qualified instructor.
5. To AED or not to AED
Automated external defibrillators (AED) are most often found in schools, gyms, and sports fields around the country, though their adoption is spreading. Many businesses are also investing in the technology.
As a result, many classes combine CPR instruction with AED instruction – and for good reason. An AED is an essential component in saving a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. The electrodes on the machine determine the victim’s heart rhythm, and then provide prompts to deliver shocks that can reset it. The quick use of an AED saves lives, as every minute after the onset of an SCA results in a 10 percent lower chance of survival.
Although AEDs come with step-by-step instructions and can be used by untrained individuals, the height of a critical emergency is not the ideal time to start reading.
One Beat CPR is one beat away
One Beat CPR is an American Heart Association-authorized CPR provider. We offer a wide array of classes for healthcare professionals, students, and anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared. In addition, we also provide recertification programs, as well as instruction in first aid, blood borne pathogens, advanced cardiac life support, and more.
For more information on One Beat CPR or to register for an American Heart Association-authorized CPR class, contact us toll free at 855.663.2328 or complete our convenient online form.