Safety Institutes and On-Line CPR
A lot of people are confused and tricked by the different options available to them when they are looking to take a CPR class. A quick search on Google will bombard you with different offers, prices, and ways of taking the class. There are many companies out there that offer on-line and “safety institute approved” classes that are designed to get your money and provide you with no practical hands-on training. I will try and breakdown some common traps and explain what you should look for in a CPR class.
First, always ask “Do I get an American Heart Association CPR card?” There are really only two reputable organizations that certify people in CPR. They are the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Red Cross. The American Heart Association does all the medical research that forms the guidelines of CPR. They do things like fund studies and hold conferences to determine the best way to do CPR. They publish these findings in medical journals. They are the number one authority on CPR and are known world-wide for their authority on the subject. Anyone who provides AHA certification classes must adhere to some very strict rules and is reviewed by the AHA at a minimum every 2 years. AHA CPR cards are usually the only cards accepted by healthcare organizations. If you are looking for a nationally accepted and respected CPR training class than your first pick should be an AHA CPR class. If the cards is not AHA or Red Cross than call someone else.
The Red Cross is a good second choice for CPR training. The Red Cross copies the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association. They do not do any of their own research; they do not employ doctors and scientists. They do not publish anything in medical journals. The Red Cross also makes their instructors meet certain standards, though their rules are not as strict as the AHA. If you cannot find an AHA CPR class than a Red Cross class isn’t a bad second choice.
Second, on-line CPR is a scam 90% of the time. There are a few reputable ways to complete the “learning” portion of a CPR class on the internet but most on-line classes are from “CPR farms” or “institutes” that are not associated with the AHA or the Red Cross. The AHA does allow students to complete a portion of the class on-line but students must still demonstrate their CPR technique in person, in front of a certified instructor. If you see an ad saying you can learn CPR and print out your certificate all from the comfort of your own home you are being scammed. CPR is a hands-on skill. In an emergency you will forget what you clicked on a computer screen. What you won’t forget is the hands-on methodical practice you will receive in an AHA CPR class.
If you follow the two guidelines detailed above you should feel very confident that you are taking a CPR class that is going to give you the skills and confidence needed to respond in an emergency. You can also be sure that your training is backed up by scientific research and that your training will be nationally recognized and accepted. Always remember that if it doesn’t say AHA or Red Cross on the card and if there is no hands-on practice then it is not worth your time or money. To find a quality CPR class in the Washington, D.C. area visit www.heartcentertraining.com or call (202)536-7972.
For more info go to www.americanheart.org or www.redcross.org