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Online CPR/AED Course

Our CPR/AED courses include Adult, Child and Infant techniques. Additionally, our CPR certification course includes training on the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years.

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Chapter 9: AED

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine shocks the heart and enables it to restart with a normal rhythm. The AED device will instruct you step-by-step, and will tell you to push a button if it determines that a shock is required.

A diagram will show you where to place the pads and when to restart compressions. If a second rescuer is present, he / she can help to attach AED pads while the first rescuer continues to perform CPR.

  1. Turn the AED “on” and follow the instructions given through voice commands. They should be self-explanatory.
  2. An AED device should only be used on adults and children who are 8-years and older.
  3. The survival rate for a cardiac emergency patient increases to almost 30-70 percent if an AED is used in a timely manner.
  4. Do not touch the person while the AED is analyzing. When the device is defibrillating you could be shocked, so be careful.
  5. Do not use an AED on a person who is in contact with water. Be sure to move him or her away from the puddle of water, swimming pool or rain before defibrillating.
  6. An AED can be used on patients with an implant-device.
  7. Before defibrillating, take off visible medication patches from the person using disposable gloves.
  8. Shock pads should be used on clear skin (shave those parts if necessary. Ensure that the chest is not wet.)
  9. Never turn the AED off or remove the pads. The machine will instruct you to begin CPR after shock is delivered.
  10. Child AED Usage: AED will instruct you to use child pads or a child key / switch.
    • If child pads are not available, use adult pads.
    • If child pads are touching, place one pad in the front of the chest, and one on the back of the chest.

*Remember if an AED is not present, start CPR immediately!

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Chapter 12: Coronavirus CPR Guidelines

With the widespread COVID-19 pandemic, and the probability of an increase in cardiac arrests, interim 2020 AHA guidelines for CPR were released in April.

Many healthcare providers work close to patients who may be suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. They also have the highest risk profession for contracting the disease. These modifications were made in an effort to:

  • Limit the personnel attending to a patient,
  • reduce provider exposure, and
  • to encourage bystander CPR with an emphasis on providing at least hands-only chest compressions.
Healthcare Provider Adult CPR Update
  • Put on PPE before stepping on the scene
  • Begin cycles of 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths.
  • Use a bag-mask device with a tight seal and filter when giving rescue breaths OR provide continuous chest compressions with passive oxygenation using a medical/protective mask.
  • Use mechanical CPR devices for patients who meet the height/weight requirements to lower aerosolization risk.
Chest Compressions for Adults:
  • Perform at least hands-only CPR after a cardiac arrest event has been identified
  • face mask or a cloth that covers the mouth and nose of the healthcare provider and/or victim may reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to a non-household bystander
Chest Compressions for Children:
  • Perform chest compressions and consider mouth-to-mouth ventilation
  • face mask or cloth that covers the mouth and nose of the healthcare provider and/or victim may reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to a non-household bystander.
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