What does CPR stand for?
It stands for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. It is the lifesaving skills needed when a person is in cardiac arrest to provide oxygenated blood flow to the heart, brain, and vital organs. At the core of these skills is the providing of effective chest-compressions to pump blood through the body.
What does AED stand for?
It stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It is a device used to shock the heart when in cardiac arrest to help restore a normal heart rhythm.
What should I wear to class?
What is the minimum age to learn CPR?
The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learning CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills. Contact us if you have any concerns.
I need a general CPR course to prepare me to save the life of a loved one. Which course is best for me?
Family & Friends® CPR provides basic CPR training in a dynamic group environment using the research-proven practice-while-watching method.
I am not a healthcare professional and I need a CPR and AED course for work purposes. Which course should I take?
Heartsaver® CPR AED is probably best for you. The AHA offers this course in both classroom-based and eLearning (online) formats.
Can I take an AHA CPR course online?
Yes. The AHA offers a variety of eLearning (online) courses through eLearning.heart.org. For CPR and first aid courses, an eLearning course must be followed by a skills practice and testing session with an AHA Instructor within 60 days of completion per CPR Solutions terms. Simply contact us for a skills practice and test session.
Can I be sued for performing CPR or first aid?
Many states have Good Samaritan Laws in place that protect those who render emergency care. Consult your local/state laws for actual interpretation.
What are the risks of being infected with a communicable disease while giving CPR or first aid, e.g. HIV?
There is always a risk; however, it is quite low. All courses offered stress the importance of barrier devices and other protective equipment.
What is an eCard?
An AHA eCard is the electronic equivalent of a printed course completion card and can be provided to students as an alternative to a printed card. eCards are valid course completion cards and can be presented to employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course. Like printed cards, eCards also expire two years from the issue date.
How do I claim my eCard?
Students who have been assigned/emailed an eCard will receive an email from ecards @ heart.org inviting them to claim their eCard online. From the email, students will click on a hyperlink to view their eCard. This hyperlink will direct students to the Student Profile webpage.
How long is my eCard valid?
All American Heart Association courses are valid for two years. They expire at the end of the month in which they were issued.
Is there a way employers can verify the authenticity of an AHA eCard?
Yes, employers may verify that an AHA eCard is authentic by entering the card information at www.heart.org/cpr/mycards.
The AHA has also created a memo on the validity of eCards for employers who may request an official AHA statement. Click here for this memo.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
Chest pain possibly spreading to the left or right arm, neck, jaw, or center of the back, shortness of breath, heavy sweating and nausea. Actions for anyone experiencing the signs or symptoms should be to lie or sit quietly and call 911 right away.
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
Sudden severe onset of a headache, weakness or inability to move one side of the body or the other, facial droop, slurred speech, and vision disturbance. Actions for anyone experiencing these signs or symptoms should be to lie or sit quietly and call 911 right away.
What if I have been trained in CPR but forget the actions?
First, call 911 and to remember start chest compressions right away by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest and get an AED.
What do I do if I don’t have a barrier device with me?
If your workplace requires you to know CPR or first aid, then they should provide you with a barrier device or make one available in a first-aid kit. Many AED’s come with a barrier device supplied. Otherwise, compression only CPR is recommended. We provide many things that you need for the course.
What is Premium Scheduling?
Premium Onsite Class Scheduling is available for groups over 15 students needed within 72 hours and is subject to a Rush-Fee of $175.00.