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With the widespread COVID-19 pandemic and the probability of an increase in cardiac arrests, new 2020 CPR guidelines have been released. The modifications were made in an effort to limit the personnel attending to a patient, reduce provider exposure, and encourage bystander CPR with an emphasis on providing at least hands-only chest compressions.

American Health Care Academy has updated their First Aid and CPR courses online with this new 2020 Interim Guidance. Individuals are encouraged to go through the course (for free) if their CPR certification is still valid to become familiarized with the new CPR guidelines. If your CPR or First Aid certification is expired, you are encouraged to renew your certification to ensure that you are prepared if there is an emergency at home or in your community.

With social distancing in place, and many people working from home, there is an increased chance that you will have to attend to a family member in the event of an emergency.

The 2020 Interim CPR guidelines were updated by the American Heart Association in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Association of Respiratory Care, The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The “Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19,” was published on April 9, 2020.

Additional resources and guidance on CPR training can be found here. American Health Care Academy is also offering a 19% discount with the code STAYSAFE19 for all individuals who choose to certify during this COVID-19 pandemic. We want to educate as many people as possible so we can be better-prepared lay responders and healthcare providers for our families, friends, community members, and the global society.


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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR, is a widely known emergency procedure that is performed on patients who suffered from sudden cardiac arrests as well as those who fell unconscious. This is used to buy more time as the rescuers wait for the arrival of the medical team. Performing CPR on patients is proven to increase their rates of survival.

Learning CPR is common for adults since they are the ones who can easily grasp the idea of performing chest compressions and rescue breaths to another person. However, kids should not be underestimated. With the learning CPR, things can eventually get better.

9-year-old Child Performs CPR

In April 2011, a heroic 9-year-old boy was all over the news because he saved his little sister from the pits of death. Tristan Sachin and his 2-year-old sister Brooke were at their grandmother’s house. All of a sudden Brooke wandered alone in the backyard and fell into the swimming pool. Their mother, who was horrified of the incident, pulled the toddler out of the pool. She was unconscious with no signs of breathing.

Fortunately, Tristin immediately went up to her side and performed chest compressions while his mother and grandmother called for paramedics. A few minutes before the arrival of the medical team, his sister started to breathe again. Luckily, the little girl had survived because of her brother.

CPR Training for Children

How can I teach my child CPR?

Making kids understand the purpose and goal of CPR is the first thing you need to teach them. Once they are aware of the purpose of CPR, you can now proceed in teaching them how to perform CPR in three simple steps: 

  1. Instruct them to put his or her hand on the victim’s breastbone which is located in the middle of the chest. 
  2. Then, tell them to interlock their fingers once they put their other hand on the top of their hand. 
  3. Lastly, make them press or push straight down into the chest with at least 120 pushes for a minute.

With these three steps, your child can help save a victim’s life. However, do not forget to tell them how important it is to call for help before proceeding with the CPR. They should call 911 first before they kneel down the victim and perform chest compressions.

Learning and teaching CPR are both easy if you are truly dedicated to it. But, you should keep in mind that you cannot fully teach children about CPR if you haven’t undergone any CPR training yourself. So for starters, visit cpraedcourse.com and begin the CPR/AED course. 


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April 17, 2018 Performing CPR0

When patients suffer from cardiac arrest, the best thing to do is to provide them the lifesaving method they need right away, which is CPR. However, in reviving a patient, it doesn’t always yield a 100% success rate. There are instances where performing CPR does not save the life of the victim.

Although CPR is known to be a lifesaving method, such instances cannot be predicted nor prevented. That is why the following below are the ways on how to deal with the patient’s death. 

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  • Do not feel guilty. Never feel mortified of helping a patient in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The end never justifies the means which is why if the patient dies even if you performed CPR on them, it doesn’t and will never mean that it is the rescuer’s fault.
  • Never blame one’s self if you cannot save the victim’s life. Something to keep in mind is that the patients whom rescuers are performing CPR on are already dead – clinically. This basically means that they are in the state of death as soon as their hearts stopped beating and it is the rescuers’ job to delay the event of a biological death which is permanent.
  • Rescuers should know how to accept the death of their patients. By providing CPR, the rescuer is attempting to increase the possibility of survival until medical support arrives.

Dealing with death is tough. That is why medical experts need to secure the safety of each and every patient that they accommodate. Yet, there are still times where a person’s death occurs in a place outside the hospital boundaries and that is when bystanders need to take action. At this point, it’s important to remember that you tried to save a life, and it is better to try to help, rather than do nothing at all. The person would have died if you did not try anyways. You gave me some hope.

The scenario mentioned above is the main reason why individuals must learn a thing or two about prolonging someone’s life using CPR. To learn more about it, applying for an online CPR course offered by the American Health Care Academy is highly commended. You will never know when these skills might come in handy someday.


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March 30, 2018 Performing CPR0

Most emergencies occur outside the hospitals, where the victim is exposed to several people that are all possible to help him. At first thought, you will see people reaching out their hands to respond to the unfortunate victim. But think again, the reality is far from what you have imagined.

When emergencies occur beyond the borders of medical institutions, people tend to pass by the victim pretending that they don’t see a person who is suffering at all. It is not because they don’t want to help, but rather because they lack confidence or knowledge in the medical field. They depend on others and think that others would help the victim, so why would they? This mindset is the root of the bystander effect.

What is the bystander effect?

In general, the bystander effect is a phenomenon where fewer people are likely to help a victim or a person in distress due to the greater number of people that are present within the situation. When an emergency occurs, these bystanders are more likely to help the victim if no one is around or there are only a few numbers of people within the area.

What are the causes of the bystander effect?

The bystander effect has been a common issue nowadays when it comes to responding to emergencies. This phenomenon is caused by the following:

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Every person present within the area is convinced that the other person will help the victim.

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People lack a sense of responsibility for the victim with the fact that it is just a mere stranger to them.

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People are afraid to take responsibility for their actions especially when the victim experienced further complications even though they have responded to their needs for initial care immediately.

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Lack of first aid and CPR skills are one of the top reasons why people just pass by the dreadful victims. Because of this, they are also not confident enough in responding to the victim’s help.

How to overcome the bystander effect? 

Overcoming the bystander effect is very easy if you already know the source of the issue. Work on ways in how you will overcome it by changing the way you think first. In every emergency situation, regardless of the number of people within the area, always be ready to aid the victim. Do not rely on others to do the work.

If you are not confident enough with your first aid or CPR skills, you can call others for help. This can also help other people change the way they view the emergency; they will find it urgent and life-threatening, thus responding to your plea on helping the victim.

However, it is still best if you already know how to give first aid treatment and perform CPR to the patient. If you want to learn how to visit cpraedcourse.com and sign up on American Health Care Academy’s CPR/AED and first aid courses. 


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March 20, 2018 Performing CPR0

Untrained rescuers are most likely to perform hands-only CPR when attending to an unconscious victim needing CPR. That is also the very main reason why AHA CPR Guidelines were changed to C-A-B from A-B-C. Performing chest compressions is still effective as immediate execution of hands-only CPR would too, increase the chance of survival. 

Hands-Only CPR is performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation through chest compressions only. It doesn’t include any rescue breaths for the fact that most rescuers may not feel comfortable or they do not know the proper method to give breaths.

The following is a guide on how to properly perform the hands-only CPR on patients: 

 

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  1. Before giving medical attention to the patient, assess the situation first to prevent further casualties. Also, call 911 for medical back-up. If the patient is unresponsive, proceed in giving hands-only CPR.
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  2. Kneel beside the patient and position your hands appropriately by placing the heel of the hand on the center of the chest and the other hand on top. Lace the fingers together, position your shoulders, and keep the arm straight.
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  3. Push the patient’s chest hard and fast. Also, take note of the given requirements in performing compressions such as pushing 2 – 2.4 inches deep for a span of 100 – 120 chest compressions per minute.
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  4. Keep on pushing and performing chest compressions until the patient shows any signs of life such as breathing or responding to your actions, or until medical assistance arrives.

 Visit American Health Care Academy to become certified to perform adult, child, and infant CPR.


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“I am too nervous to perform CPR.” You are not alone. This is a common saying all around the world.

When an unconscious victim has suffered from a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, or anything that has caused his heart to stop, rescuers perform CPR. Performing CPR makes it possible for the patient’s oxygenated blood to flow towards the brain, thus prolonging the patient’s life.

CPR good vs. harm

Most people would state that they know when CPR should be performed, and they understand that chances of survival increase based on how quickly CPR is given upon the emergency. Yet, statistics show that in many instances, CPR is not given either at all, or is not given in time when occurred outside of the hospital. People may ask why this is the case – how could CPR not be performed immediately even after people understand the benefits?

There are a couple of factors that affect someone’s decisions to rescue another person.

Nervousness

Even with knowing the skills and techniques, people shy away from actually performing CPR in a real-life scenario. They seek others who may be more confident or comfortable. They wonder if someone else could perform CPR better than they would. What people may not think of in the chaotic moment is that the chance of survival for the patient is decreasing for every second they are not performing CPR. If you are trained and certified, be confident that you have the knowledge and skills to begin compressions immediately. If available, another qualified rescuer may join in to help and CPR should continue until professional medical assistance arrives.

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Another major reason people do not perform CPR is that they have not been trained. They are unsure of the proper procedure and depth. We suggest getting a quick guide on CPR and also suggest getting formal CPR training.

Fear of Hurting the Victim

Many will attest to the fact that they fear they will hurt the victim. However, if no one is there to perform CPR, it is very likely that the patient will not survive by the time medical assistance arrives. There is a possibility you may break the ribs of the victim. Having more knowledge on the depth, rate, and technique of CPR based on an adult, child, and infant may prevent further injuries, however, if a few broken ribs mean surviving, it’s worth it.

Don’t be a bystander. Take immediate action and help save a life. Overcome that nervous feeling and get trained. American Health Care Academy offers CPR courses with demonstrations and videos on a mission to build strong, confident CPR rescuers. The training is informative and efficient, making it possible for almost anyone to obtain certification.


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Sudden cardiac arrests (SCAs) are one of the leading causes of death in the world. The only way to delay any occurrences of death as you wait for the EMT is through performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is the main reason why the need to learn more about CPR is highly increasing. 

Online CPR training is now a convenient way of gaining knowledge and developing skills in emergency procedures. But several experts tend to dismiss this thought because they see online CPR training as a certification mill. Meaning to say, these online training are just offering certifications for a certain fee even if the applicant doesn’t officially pass the standards and requirement for being fully certified. 

CPR instructors also often question the very existence of online CPR training. They see it as a joke as the words itself is seen as mutually opposed. Taking up a CPR training online requires you to watch instructional videos about performing CPR. And with that, instructors still argue about the fact that OSHA mandates a hand-on practice for CPR. CPR training cannot be held online because it requires an actual training method where dummies are used in place of the victims. 

However, CPR instructors don’t know that online CPR training follows the blended learning approach. To put it simply, it is an education program where online digital media and traditional classroom methods are combined. American Health Care Academy is one of the online institutions that offer blended learning. This includes taking up the online course and the skills developed are evaluated by an instructor afterward. 

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In fact, online CPR training tends to work better because of the following: 

Time. When engaging in online training, you are in charge of your own time and schedule which means once you take up the course, you are fully dedicated to it.  

Focus. With online training, you can rewind the provided videos a countless number of times. Unlike on traditional methods, if you’re not that attentive, you cannot make the instructor repeat what he/she had said many times. 

Convenient. You can take up CPR courses with just the comfort of your home because all you need to have is a secure connection and complete focus with the course. 

Affordable. Online CPR training is more affordable, not to mention that discounts and promos are often given when taking up CPR courses. 

Online CPR training is not really what other people seem to think of. The common gossips about it are misconceptions and are given doubts by most people who desire to learn about CPR. Taking up CPR courses online is in fact, a much better way than those traditional ones. To learn more about online CPR courses, visit CPRAEDcourse.com. 


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March 5, 2018 Performing CPR0

The sooner you begin CPR, the more beneficial and effective it is likely to be. In mostly all cases, you should continue to perform CPR until professional medical assistance arrives. However, it is important to also know when you should stop CPR.

Below are the following circumstances when you should stop CPR:

When the patient is showing signs of life.

This is the utmost priority of any person performing CPR on the victim. When the victim exhibits signs that they are still alive, taken for example he is breathing normally, then you should stop conducting CPR. At this point, keep his/her airway open and keep a close watch on the breathing pattern.

When medical professionals arrive and take over.

EMS should arrive shortly upon being called. They should be ready to take over and provide you further steps, if applicable. They will take over at this time.

When the area becomes unsafe.

Safety is the number one priority in every situation. If the area suddenly becomes dangerous, stop CPR, and take precautions based on the situation.

When the person is feeling exhausted.

If the person performing CPR on the victim is tired, he/she should stop and exchange places with other trained individuals within the area.

Trained individuals in terms of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation must know in what situation they should stop CPR. These may be rare cases, and hopefully, professional help should arrive before you have to make a decision to stop. If you are not CPR certified, we highly recommend taking the course and learning more to prepare for such emergency cases.

Individuals should be trained on the steps of CPR. American Health Care Academy provides online courses that can be taken by just about anyone capable of reading and comprehending. This institution aims to widen a person’s knowledge about emergency situations and provide the correct response for it. Remember, these techniques could help save someone’s life. 


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September 25, 2017 CPR TrainingPerforming CPR0

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is one of the life-saving skills learned from cpraedcourse.com. It has been applicable on many occasions to revive lives, including breathing and cardio-related complications. Drowning is one of the life-threatening experiences that can easily cause death. This is because water clogs the respiration system and reduces oxygen transmissions in the body. Unlike in other normal resuscitation procedures, drowning requires a different approach. This makes the CPR / AED course an important venture, especially for anyone who occasionally engages in water activities, kids and adults alike. 

What Makes This CPR Different? 

Most victims of drowning are usually retrieved from underwater and probably unconscious. As stated earlier, the presence of excess water in the breathing system reduces oxygen levels. On the other hand, when the deprivation reaches the brain, the victims become unconscious. In the case of unconsciousness, the impact of the water in terms of organs affected becomes important. For instance, you could have a case where there is water in the lungs, which of course will require a strategic approach CPR for drowning victims. In the case of near-drowning, engaging in a set of chest pumping will deliver significant results. The CPR / AED course expounds on the best approach and precautions for CPR and AED usage for drowning victims. For instance, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is also effective, in case the water is cold. In other cases, you will require combining both the chest compressions and the rescue breaths, in a certain sequence, in order to remove the water and increase oxygen concentration. However, as stipulated in the course, it is risky to perform these resuscitation tactics for the totally drowned victims.

Sometimes, the larynx contracts and allows water to flow into the stomach rather than the lungs. This especially occurs when the victims have been submerged in water for a long time. In addition, it affects both the conscious and unconscious causes, another factor that needs the expertise to detect and take the right procedures. Having water in the stomach is safer when compared to access to the lungs. In this case, the victims just require chest and stomach compressions, in a direction that will lead the excess water out of the body. From the CPR / AED course, it is possible to determine the aspiration levels in the airwave and in turn, take the necessary urgent steps.  

Regardless of whether the victim is conscious or unconscious, an effective CPR course for drowning victims is crucial. This is because the brain experiences significant damage, with each unit of oxygen deprivation. On the same note, the rates of water penetration and impact may be cumulative, especially for people who occasionally engage in water activities. In this regard, it is important for everyone to partake in the CPR online course, as it provides the necessary skills and tactics to save a drowning victim. For the graduates who already have the certification, it is important to update your skills every two years. Given the relevance and life-saving aspect of the CPR / AED course, you should register now, considering that accidents are unpredictable, and you might be the only savior at such a time. 


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