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What is a Blended CPR course?
It’s the evolution of CPR training.
This version is available through all CPR organizations (such as American Heart Association, Red Cross, and ASHI). All of these programs are designed as a two step process.
First the student (that’s you) purchases the appropriate online course through the instructor OR through the organization.
BEWARE OF SCAMS! Online Only courses are not the same.
After the student takes the online portion and passes they will schedule a time with their instructor to perform the skills checkoff. This is the part that is absolutely required to finish your certification!!
After the skills check is finished you will receive an email with your certification card in it!
Your CPR card is good for 2 years. You can keep it on your phone, email, digitally, on paper… however you can think of it your card will be there!
Article written by Jason Robustelli BHS, RRT, BLS Instructor
Online CPR certification is a waste of money and time. Read why you should avoid it!
When searching for online CPR classes you’ll immediately find a slew of sponsored AD’s blaring to the universe how low cost, effective, and overall great their program is.
We will provide refunds if your employer / institution does not accept our online course, and if this denial can be confirmed.
An Online CPR program’s money back policy (excerpt)
What does this mean? Even though they say they’re ‘Accredited’ this means nothing. There is no governing body approving CPR courses in the United States. It is purely up to local rules and regulations to approve of the use of a CPR program.
So technically you CAN do online CPR, but do you really want to? There is 0 requirement to pass the online course before taking a quiz. This ‘quiz’ can be taken as many times as you want. After the quiz you pay and get a printable CPR card.
If anyone coming from this program can perform effective CPR, we would love to see that. All these programs ACTUALLY do is damage the efficacy of CPR training turning it into a nightmare for people who are required to hold a CPR certification.
What can you do? CPRmobile is always available to answer questions and provide guidance. Even if you’re at a distance we can provide you with enough guidance to take a course that is right for you.
If you would like to do a training with us please see more of our options below. We would love to have you!
Do you stop breathing at night? Are you irritable and don’t sleep well? You may have a serious condition.
Like the title asks, are you not breathing when you sleep?
Do you feel like you can’t sleep enough? Have you fallen asleep driving? Do you feel irritable most days? Do you have trouble staying asleep? Do you wake up gasping?
All of these questions poke at one problem. Sleep apnea. What is sleep apnea? It’s a common and potentially serious condition literally meaning: no breathing during sleep.
So what if I stop breathing when I sleep? What’s the worst that could happen? According to various studies through the American Association of Respiratory Therapy, American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic and numerous other institutions (Google: sleep apnea research) are finding links related to Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
So what’s the worst that could happen? You could be spending significant time in the hospital, doctors office and spending huge amounts of money on your health care. The end point is very uncomfortable to talk about. As a clinician based business we have seen first hand the destruction it can cause.
As always, we recommend seeing a licensed medical doctor or specialist. Although we are practicing medical providers we are not doctors. We give advice only. You are ultimately responsible to seek qualified care.
Having chest pain? Maybe you should read this before you eat that cheeseburger.
Stats are hard to ignore. Especially this one:
90% of people die due to sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital.
As a professional in the field I’m clearly not happy with this number. You mean to tell me that our society has a 10% success rate with CPR? No that’s not really the case. There are many factors that play into who lives and who dies because of cardiac arrest.
Example? There is a vein on our heart called ‘The Widowmaker’ named such because if it becomes blocked and causes a heart attack?… enough said. (Also see)
In this case if CPR isn’t started within minutes and an ambulance doesn’t arrive in time, this person has little chance of survival. Also against our fight for life is inadequate CPR. The overly timid or overly zealous compressors could either be ineffective or further damaging the heart.
CPR class can be a confusing choice often left up to you without understanding what you’re buying. Buyer beware.
C P R – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation The fabled training that will give you all the confidence and experience in the world. It is said that by taking a CPR, AED, First Aid class it will prepare you for the world of saving lives. As a young boy of 15 I was taking Lifeguard training, which included CPR, First Aid. I can tell you from experience, the first time I saw someone who might need CPR I was very hesistant to even lift a finger. I’ll bet I’m not alone in the ‘Oh Shit’ moment I had.
All that being said we need to dive a little deeper into, what I call, The Big 3.
What’s the difference? Why take a CPR class from any of these organizations? What benefits do they have for taking one or the other?
As far as I can tell there are only a few distinctions.
AHA is the research based organizations run by cardiologists (heart doctors). If you read through the site you find they are globally connected with the international community.
Red Cross is a disaster relief and lay person specific organization (non-medically trained person). The kinds of training, including CPR, are for rescue workers, blood donations, and other volunteer opportunities.
ASHI is more ‘man on the ground’ type organization. Meaning they seem to focus on EMS/Ambulance teams.
So… the question now is… What the heck do I choose? All I want to do is make sure my family is safe if we go to the pool, do I really have to choose between 400,000 (approximately) CPR instructors all offering Red Cross, AHA, and ASHI? Our advice? Call local CPR businesses and find out what they recommend. Ask questions and clarify what you don’t understand. If you feel good about taking the class, go for it. If you get a bad feeling, DON’T DO IT!
The choice ultimately is left up to you which means you’ll likely choose the cheapest most convenient option (aka Youtube). There is a reason you are tested in person. The skills are not easy and having a coach is really important. In another post we can talk more about the classes but for now understand…
CPR/First Aid is a process not just a skill set, and mastery of this process is possible.