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BLS for HCP has a new name

Every 5 years the AHA puts out new science guidelines and updates their administration guidelines as well as updating the look of the cards.  This year the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers class, better known as BLS for HCP, also got a name change.  The AHA felt that the term "Healthcare Provider" could be both exclusory and confusing.  So the ...

CPR WORKPLACE TRAINING MD

Using it to unite your staff. For many workplaces, building team unity is a challenging task. The traditional way to address a lack of team spirit within the ranks is with group outings, company parties, and other various team building exercises. However workplace CPR training may be the one practice that ends up saving the morale of your employees, not ...

Online HeartCode® BLS

The Heart Center is now proud to offer AHA’s HeartCode®BLS web-based certification. The 3 part course targets healthcare providers that prefer a self-directed alternative to learning Basic Life Support, and delivers its content through eSimulation, where students will interact in real-time with virtual critical patient scenarios. About Heartcode® BLS Part 1 of the course is taught online in an interactive ...

Online HeartCode® PALS

Heartcode® PALS is one of three courses offered by The Heart Center to satisfy an AHA certification. This particular course aids healthcare providers when developing knowledge and skills necessary to properly evaluate and manage seriously ill infants and children. About HeartCode® PALS Amongst key changes to the 2010 AHA guidelines, healthcare professionals can anticipate learning to explain the importance of effective ...

Online HeartCode® ACLS

HeartCode® ACLS is a web-based course targeted for healthcare professionals who are first responders to cardio related emergencies. In a non-classroom environment, this program builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS. It also stresses the importance of advanced life support skills and team management and communication through interactive scenarios. Students can return to the course as many times as they ...

CPR for New Parents

When first time pregnant couples are expecting a new baby, there is so much to anticipate and get excited about. Too often, in the mix of decorating rooms, hosting baby showers, and announcing the news to loved ones, mothers and fathers either forget or don’t see the need for taking a CPR class. No matter how attentive parents are, ...

The Heart Center AHA Online Classes

We are pleased to announce The Heart Center is now offering three American Heart Association classes online. Heartcode® is the only set of AHA online courses and we are glad to have it. Each Heartcode® class consists of three parts. The first sections allow you to complete certification while working at your own pace and in the comfort of your ...

The Precordial Thump

It’s old school. It looks cool. Its rarely done. It’s back. The precordial thump is now back in the 2010 ACLS guidelines. 2010 (New): The precordial thump should not be used for unwitnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The precordial thump may be considered for patients with witnessed, monitored, unstable VT (including pulseless VT) if a defibrillator is not immediately ready for ...

Compression Only CPR

Compression Only CPR There have been 2 studies released in the last month in The New England Journal of Medicine that focus on the benefits of “Compression Only” or “Hands Only CPR”. In an effort to clear up any confusion I will attempt to answer the most common questions I am faced with regarding “Compression Only” CPR during a Heart Center ...

Top 10 CPR Myths

TOP TEN CPR MYTHS CPR can be a life saving skill that anyone can learn. However, over the last 7 years of working as a paramedic inside hospital emergency rooms and “on the street”, as well as teaching CPR to both medical and non-medical people, I have heard many different “myths” surrounding CPR. The problem with these myths is that they ...

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