What you need to know!

CPR, also know and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a vital skill for emergency medical technicians of at all levels. Current research from the American Heart Association in 2005 has shown that more compressions is the key to resuscitation. Click here for more information on what changed in the 2005 CPR guidelines

There are many organizations that offer CPR certification. The premier, in my opinion, association is the American Heart Association (AHA). The conduct the most research and almost all other associations use their research as a guideline for their program. The American Red Cross (ARC) also certifies providers cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The ARC uses the research of the AHA. The National Safety Council (NRC) also certifies providers in CPR.

All three associations also offer different levels of training for different purposes. These levels of training are for the professional rescuer, lay population, adults only, children only and special populations. Each agency also offers different courses in first aid.

Quick Comparison
Even though each association creates their guidelines from the same body of research there are some differences. Mostly these differences are in the initial training time and the length of time the certification is valid. For the top-level course for professionals, the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council requires re-certification every 2 years. The American Red Cross requires re-certification every year. Each program offers an on-line course for both certification and re-certification. Each program then requires that you skill test with an instructor.

Which certification program you choose depends on what your employer requires and how much time you have to re-certify.

Your initial certification should be done with an instructor. The AHA has thousands of instructors in many training centers across the United States. The other associations have similar training centers. Each initial training for the health care professional lasts about 4 to 6 hours and covers the following subjects:

  • Adult Resuscitation
  • Child Resuscitation
  • Infant Resuscitation
  • AED use with both Adults and Children
  • Airway obstruction for Adults, Children and Infants
  • Written Test
Click here for information about CPR Certification

Recertifying any skill is a pain. We all know it and we all resent, at some level, the need to do it. Of course if we don't use a skill regularly we lose the skill or at least the skill degrades. Thus recertification is a necessary evil.

Fortunately all the major certifying associations provide an on-line method of covering the lecture part of the process and then have a hands-on testing portion. This can save huge amounts of time for you. For example, the American Heart Association gives you a year to complete their on-line course and 6 months to get tested after completion. CPR Recertification is much easier than in the past, click here for more...

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