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Which CPR Class Do You Need?

WHICH CPR CLASS?

Which CPR Class do I Need? AHA or ASHI?

Which CPR class do you need? Do know how AHA and ASHI cards are different?

Throughout the healthcare industry, the American Heart Association (AHA) has long been considered “the gold standard”. Traditionally, anyone working as in a hospital (or as a First Responder) has been required to have a valid AHA BLS (Basic Life Support) card.

AHA classes have a relatively low instructor-to-student ratio and a relatively low student-to-mannequin ratio. The class requires a current AHA textbook, has a written exam, and it requires a decent time commitment of generally three or four hours (depending on whether you are certifying for the first time, or renewing). If you are a medical professional, go with the AHA certification.

The curriculum used by the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) is based on the AHA’s materials, but an ASHI BLS card is not currently recognized by hospitals or First Responders.

However, it is largely accepted nationally by assisted living facilities, nursing and rehabilitation centers, in-home care givers, dental offices, schools and childcare facilities, along with national associations, state regulatory agencies, occupational licensing boards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and more.

ASHI classes can take less time and money to complete and allow a higher instructor-to-student ratio, so it may work better for groups larger than six. If you are not a medical professional, the ASHI class is a great choice.

We are authorized by both the AHA and ASHI to teach these CPR classes. We want to make sure you earn the correct CPR certification!

2 year certification

CPR Core

This is the level recommended for the general public, including fitness instructors, Scout leaders and volunteers, students, babysitters, parents & grandparents. The ASHI-provided CPR Core curriculum provides non-professional rescuers with the basic skills and confidence to alleviate airway obstructions, perform CPR on adults, children, or infants, and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). *Meets the Florida high school graduation requirement for HOPE/ Life Management class.

2 year certification

Pediatric CPR, AED and First Aid

This course is required for childcare professionals, teachers and school bus drivers, and is strongly recommended for teachers, camp counselors, babysitters and nannies. You will learn first aid basics, including how to handle choking emergencies, and how to perform CPR on adults, children, or infants, and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This ASHI course is designed for anyone involved in childcare who has a duty to respond to emergencies until professional help arrives.

2 year certification

CPR BLS

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the course required for Healthcare Professionals (RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Home Health Aides, Dentists, Dental Hygienists), who do not work in a hospital, or who are not First Responders. The ASHI-provided CPR BLS course teaches students how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, how to provide basic life support, including CPR and AED use for adults, children and infants, and what to do in case of an airway obstruction or choking, or strokes.

2 year certification

AHA BLS for Medical/Healthcare Pros

The American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider curriculum is required for medical/health care professionals, specifically those who work in hospitals, including RNs, LPN, CNAs, medical doctors, and First Responders (Paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement officers), and students in school for nursing and medical occupations. etc. The American Heart Association BLS card is considered the “gold standard” in CPR training and is universally accepted. Class covers recognizing life-threatening emergencies, providing CPR (including skills test with feedback manikins), using an AED and how to relieve choking/airway obstructions. We use bag-valve-mask and perform two-person CPR (including skills test with feedback manikins). As an official American Heart Association Training Site, we issue BLS cards the same day. The blended version of this course (BLS HeartCode) is done partially online but includes/requires an in-person skills demonstration to complete certification.

2 year certification

ACLS

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is for healthcare professionals who direct or participate in the management of in-facility cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies and for personnel in emergency response situations. ACLS teaches basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED. The course also covers 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 ACS and stroke, and effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team. A pre-course assessment is required before attending class.

2 year certification

PALS

Pediatric Advanced Lifesaving (PALS) is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course. A pre-assessment is required before attending class.

2 year certification

Basic First Aid

Required for Healthcare Professionals, Childcare Professionals and recommended for everyone. This ASHI-provided basic first aid course is for the general public and those requiring certification to treat victims in an emergency. Course content includes training on bleeding, bone breaks, burns, breathing emergencies, seizures, heat/cold emergencies and more. This class can be (and should be!) combined with any CPR course.Two-year certification.

1 year certification

Bloodborne Pathogens

Specialized training for those at risk for on-the-job exposure to blood and other bodily fluids. You will learn how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure and what to do if exposed to infectious material. This ASHI-provided course follows OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.

1 year certification

Fire Extinguisher

Required for Childcare Professionals. You will learn the basic elements of fire prevention and fire extinguisher use. One-year certification.

1 year certification

AVERT

Is your organization trained to react in a life-threatening situation? AVERT combines active shooter and bleeding control training to give you and your team the skills you need in almost any emergency situation. This class includes on-site, hands-on learning experience at your location in which you and your team will learn:

With AVERT training, you’ll learn under realistic circumstances how to recognize the signs of danger, react appropriately, and make rapid survival decisions. One year certification.

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