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CPR/First AID Certification Class – 1st Day
April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This class teaches students how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies. Signs and symptoms of common injuries and illnesses are shown in scenarios and accompanied by the recommended steps to aid the patient while emergency medical response is enroute. Classes consist of video presentations, discussions, and video and instructor led skills practice sessions on mannequins or classmates. Instructors are used to answer questions, direct proper skill practice and evaluate critical skills.
Students are encouraged to direct the class into areas of their interest via questions and discussion. For example, outdoor and wilderness topics are popular with many local classes, although the AHA and ARC do not provide this material. Your instructors have over twenty years of working and playing in the local mountains and have been active in providing care many times as members of ambulance crews, ski patrols, group leaders (and at times as the injured or ill party).
There is no prerequisite for any initial class. To be eligible to recertify after the initial class requires a current or reasonably recent prior class.
The CPR class covers chest compressions and use of an AED, assisting breathing, patient assessment, and how to assist patients that are choking. The First Aid class covers medical emergencies such as breathing problems, allergies, heart attacks, fainting, diabetes, strokes, seizures, and shock. Injuries such as bleeding, head, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and burns are the second part. Environmental conditions including bites and stings, heat and cold, and poisoning complete the last part of the class.
The class can be physically demanding. CPR practice requires kneeling, stretching and strenuous activity. Students that might have physical problems that make these activities difficult or impossible are encouraged to attend and help colleagues come to solutions that make their assistance in an emergency helpful. All students are encouraged to dress comfortably for the class although emergencies occur when attire and other conditions are unfavorable.
Students must have a workbook for the class that covers all the topics in the class. The workbook adds more information to each topic covered in the video. At the end of the class a certificate of completion is issued to all students that demonstrate adequate skills performance and pass an optional written test. Each certificate is good for two years. Renewal classes are offered annually. The renewal classes consist of skills practices and scenarios with discussions of topics in each of the illness, injury, and environmental areas.
Research conducted over the last five years has resulted in some changes to AHA’s recommended practices and the class curriculum. Your instructors have studied the updates and will be using the new materials. There are no major changes, but the new points of emphasis will be discussed.
Class Dates: Monday April 17 and Wednesday April 19 (you must register and attend both nights)
Class times: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church
4501 S. Lemay
Ft. Collins, CO 80525
Enter through the building’s far west doors – the class will be in one of the classrooms along the west hallway. Other building doors may be locked.
Cost: Paid by the OMBC
Prerequisite: None! This class is for anyone who hasn’t had a CPR/First Aid class or not had one in a long time
Written test: No
Curriculum: American Heart Association’s First Aid and CPR class, HeartSaver
Book: The book is required!
Hardcopy: AHA HeartSaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook, 4/2011, available from the lead instructor or many other sources
EBook: Available from these three companies for about $14.00:
Channing Bete Company Inc., Laerdal Medical Corporation, and Worldpoint
Please let us know if you want to purchase a book from us so we can have adequate inventory for your class. We encourage ordering the book ahead of time and reading it prior to class.
Instructors: Tim Gaines, lead (contact for more information)
970.493-0252 or firstname.lastname@example.org