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Heartsaver® First Aid

Heartsaver First Aid is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.

Who this course in intended:

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

Includes:

  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

  • First aid basics

  • Medical emergencies

  • Injury emergencies

  • Environmental emergencies

  • Optional written test 


Features:

  • Video-based course ensures consistency 

  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency 

  • Student manual comes with a new Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide that summarizes first aid actions for many injuries and illnesses

  • Course is updated with the new science


Certification:

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Course Completion Card that is valid for two years.

During the course, an AHA Instructor conducts video-based lessons and works with students to complete their first aid skills practice and testing.

BLS for Healthcare Providers

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers, is designed specifically to meet the needs of Licensed and Certified Medical personnel. The course is designed to provide good quality CPR until Advance Cardiac Life Support care is available. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions, and small groups where scenarios are presented.

Includes:

  • The most current science from the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC

  • Critical concepts of high-quality CPR

  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival

  • 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant

  • 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant

  • Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques

  • Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant

  • Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant

  • Relief of choking for adult, child and infant

  • CPR with an advanced airway

Format:

The course features include Instructor-led discussions, debriefing, coaching and support for hand-on skills.

Features:

  • Course is tailored to providers working in the field. All scenarios are modeled after real-life experiences that they may actually face.

  • High-quality team CPR focus teaches how to conduct a code with teams ranging from 2-6 people.

  • Introduces the concept of post-case debriefing to BLS Instructors.

  • Develops Core Course Segments that provide the opportunity for Medical Directors to tailor the course to local response protocols.


Upon successful completion of all course components, students receive a BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card, valid for two years.

ACLS – ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

Included:

  • Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)

  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest

  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia

  • Airway management

  • Related pharmacology

  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke

  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics

Format/Time:

Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 5-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.

*Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)


Features:


  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage Active participation

  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test, students receive an ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.

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