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First Aid and CPR/AED Certification

Thank you for signing up for the First Aid and CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Certification class.

– First Aid and CPR/AED trains you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness.

– CPR/AED trains you to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies.

– Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) trains you to use a portable, life-saving device designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly.

– First Aid trains you to identify and respond to common sudden illnesses such as fainting, seizures, strokes, allergic reactions, poisoning and diabetic emergencies.

This is a Blended class with the first portion Online and for the second portion, a Red Cross Instructor will come to the office to complete training and a skills check for your certification.

Step #1 – Online Classes

This is a Blended class with the first portion Online and for the second portion, a Red Cross Instructor will come to the office to complete training and a skills check for your certification.

The first portion of the course is Online:

– These are self-paced classes. You do not have to finish all 2 hours and 10 minutes of the Online classes all at one time.

– You do have to finish the Online classes prior to the second portion of the course with a Red Cross Instructor.

– You do need to use a computer, not your phone, to take the Online portion of the course.

– You can use a computer at home or you can come to the office to take the Online classes on computers in the office. Please call George at the office to schedule a time between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM to come and use the computers.

– When you complete the Online portion of the course, you need to print out the Online completion certificate to bring with you to the second portion of the course with a Red Cross Instructor. If you do not have a printer, please call George at the office and he will print out your Online completion certificate for you.

– You were sent by text your account information for the Online Classes.  If you need an account, please call George at the office.

– You received an email from the Red Cross with the link to the Online Classes. The email is titled “Welcome”.

Computer Requirements

This course is not supported on smartphone devices. You must use a computer or tablet with the following:

  • Processor – Dual core processor speed greater than or equal to 2.3GHz
  • Memory – 4 GB
  • Operating Systems – Desktop: Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6+
  • Tablet: iPad iOS 7+ (Safari), Android 4.0.3+ (Google Chrome)
  • Browsers – Chrome 49+, Firefox 47+, Safari 9+, Cookies, JavaScript, images and HTML5 audio/video must be supported
  • Screen Resolution – 1024×768
  • Bandwidth – 2.0 mbps dedicated or faster; broadband Internet access recommended
  • Audio – Soundcard and either speakers or headphones for multimedia audio

– You can use a computer at home or you can come to the office to take the Online classes on computers in the office.

– Please call George at the office to schedule a time between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM to come and use the computers.

Tips for making the Online Classes Quicker

The Online class should take a little over two hours. If you make a lot of mistakes, do not do the steps in the right order, etc, it can take over 4 or more hours.

The In-person version of this course for Adult First Aid and CPR/AED is 6 hours long. This is why we are using a Blended Online and In-Person type of course.

These Online classes teach by repetition. Meaning they repeat the same information over and over again and each class adds some new information, as you repeat what you have already learned over and over again.

With these tips you can finish the Online classes quicker:

– You cannot do anything or click on anything, until after the narrator finishes speaking. You just have to wait. But listen to exactly what the narrator says, as most of the time he tells you exactly what they want you to do next.

– Just think, what step do they want next.

– Your actions are by either clicking on some object or clicking the “white dots” which then opens options on what to do next.

– If you click a white dot and do not see the correct choice for what to do next, then you have to click something else to find the correct option. If you do not look for the correct option, you will be going in circles, it will tell you that you are wrong, and it will take longer.

– You are always going to start by checking the scene for hazards. This means unless you see a hazard first, like a chair, ice or water on the ground, fire on the stove or broken glass, you always have to start by clinking the Left and Right arrows to look for hazards. If you see one of these hazards, click on the hazard first and then click the Left and Right arrows to look for more hazards.

– If the victim is conscious, you are always going to ask for consent to help second, after checking the scene for hazards first.

– If the victim looks unresponsive, you will always shout first and then tap the shoulder and shout again.

– You will almost always send the other person there to get a First Aid Kit and AED, and the situation is serious, call 911. You click on the other person to do this.

– After getting consent, you will always interview the victim by asking in this order about what the Red Cross calls SAMPLE. “SAMPLE” is a first aid acronym used for a person’s medical assessment. So the questions you ask the patient in this order are: Signs & Symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Past medical history, Eat and drinking (the last time).

– For Choking, send the other person for the First Aid Kit, AED, and call 911 first. Then start with 5 back blows, then 5 abdominal thrusts, and start the cycle again until the situation is resolved.

– For CPR, #1 – send the other person for the First Aid Kit, AED, and call 911 first. #2 – Use the arrows to move the correct position. #3 – Start with 30 chest compressions at 100 to 120 a minute. #3 Open the airway by using the arrow to move the head. #4 – Then 2 one-second breaths. #5 – Continue this cycle. You are going to have to do this over and over again in many “missions”. It must be done in these steps otherwise, the class will take much longer.

Important – two people both had the same mission, “Seizures”, get stalled and nothing happened. The final step to finish is rolling the person over into the correct position. This did not happen. Nothing happened. The only way to solve this is to log out, log back in, and restart that mission.

These tips should help you to complete the Online classes quicker.

Step #2 – In-Office Skills Check

For the second portion of the course, a Red Cross Instructor will come to the office to complete your training and a skills check for your certification:

– You will need to bring your Online completion certificate for the Red Cross Instructor.

– The in office training and skills check is 1 hour long.

– We will post the dates of the in office Red Cross Instructor training and skills check. We are planning a late morning and early afternoon in office class.

After you finish the in office training and pass the skills check, you will be certified for First Aid and CPR/AED:

– The First Aid and CPR/AED certifications are valid for 2 years.

– You will be able to look up and print out your First Aid and CPR/AED certification here.

February 1st Deadline

– The Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course changes on February 1st.

– If you have not finished your Online portion by February 1st, the new online classes are longer.

– If you have not finished your Red Cross Instructor training and skills check portion by February 1st, the new training will be 1.5 hours long versus 1 hour long.

In-Office Class Dates

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED In-Person Skills Check Classes:

CLASS 1 – Wednesday, 1/19/2022 at 11:00 AM – ALREADY HELD

– Call George at the Office to sign up for this class.

– The class is one hour long.

– The class starts at 11:00. You must come before 11:00 to sign in with the Red Cross Instructor.

CLASS 2 – Wednesday, 1/19/2022 at 1:30 PM – ALREADY HELD

– Call George at the Office to sign up for this class.

– The class is one hour long.

– The class starts at 11:00. You must come before 11:00 to sign in with the Red Cross Instructor.

CLASS 3 – Friday, 2/4/22 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – ALREADY HELD

– Call George at the Office to sign up for this class.

– The class is 1.5 hours long.

– The class starts at 1:00. You must come before 1:00 to sign in with the Red Cross Instructor.

CLASS 4 – Friday, 1/28/22 at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM – ALREADY HELD

– Call George at the Office to sign up for this class.

– The class is 1.5 hours long.

– The class starts at 3:00. You must come before 3:00 to sign in with the Red Cross Instructor.

You must complete the online portion of this course prior to attending the in-person skills session, and provide proof of completion to the instructor:

– Print out your online course completion record from the course and show it to your instructor – it will read “Proceed to Skill Session”. If you do not have a printer, call George and he can print it out for you.

– Show the RED Cross email confirmation you received upon completing the online portion to your instructor (i.e. show on a mobile phone or other device or via printed copy)

What to expect at the In-Office Skills Check with the Red Cross Instructor:

– You must sign in. Your name on the CPR Certificate will show exactly as you put in when you sign in. If you spell it wrong, this is how it will be written on the Certificate.

– You must show your Completion of the Online Classes.

– The Instructor will show you a video.

– The Instructor will demonstrate CPR on a dummy and then have you perform CPR on a dummy.

– The Instructor will demonstrate using an AED on a dummy and then have you use the AED.

– The instructor will demonstrate basic First Aid and then have you perform the same skills.

Getting Your CPR Certificate On Your Own

If you have opted to get your CPR certificate on your own or cannot make the Office classes:

– You can get your CPR certificate from any organization you wish, as long as it is an OSHA certified 2 year CPR certificate.

The Red Cross offers the most CPR courses and meets the OSHA certified 2 year certificate requirement.

– The Red Cross has several local locations that offer CPR courses.

– There are no “CPR only” courses. It is always CPR and another certification. You can do any course you choose as long as it is also CPR. The office course was Adult First Aid and CPR/AED.

Click here for the link to the Red Cross CPR courses.

– Remember to send your CPR Certificate to the office once you have it.

 

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