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What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest.  When cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood.  CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain to “buy time” until normal heart function is restored. 

Cardiac arrest is often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).  When VF develops, the heart quivers and doesn't pump blood. The victim in VF cardiac arrest needs CPR and delivery of a shock to the heart, called defibrillation.  Defibrillation eliminates the abnormal VF heart rhythm and allows the normal rhythm to resume.  Defibrillation is not effective for all forms of cardiac arrest but it is effective to treat VF, the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest.

CPR Training

The Bluffton Township Fire District provides training to individuals and local businesses in a wide variety of fire and life safety subjects, but we are most commonly asked to assist individuals or businesses with becoming CPR certified, either to meet regulations required for that company or merely for the benefit of its employees. Our CPR program covers different levels of certification so that we can best meet your specific needs or those of your organization.

Whether you are interested in becoming certified so you might help a loved one in need or you work in a healthcare profession that requires it, we have a CPR course for you.

Following the American Heart Association guidelines and upon completion, all participants will receive a certification card from the AHA stating that they have successfully completed an AHA course and are certified to that level of CPR for which they received training. The certification is good for two years from the date of completion of the training.

Here is a list of the classes available. Click on the titile for more information:

BLS for Healthcare Providers $40

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. Initial Provider Course requires approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

The class will cover:

  • Key changes in basic life support, reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
  • 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
  • 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
  • Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques
  • Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant
  • Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant
  • Relief of choking for adult, child and infant
  • CPR with an advanced airway
BLS Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED $50

Heartsaver®  First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

The class will cover:

  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • First aid basics
  • Medical emergencies
  • Injury emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR
  • Optional written test
BLS Heartsaver CPR AED $40

Heartsaver®  CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult.  This course teaches skills with AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

The class will cover:

  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR, including child and infant choking
  • Optional written test
Friends and Family CPR $0

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only™ CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life. This course is video-led and includes skills practice throughout.

Course topics can be presented together or taught separately as stand-alone modules. Following are approximate times for each module:
• Adult CPR/AED/Choking: about 25 minutes
• Child CPR/AED/Choking: about 35 minutes
• Infant CPR/Choking: about 30 minutes

First Aid Skills Watching $20

If you have completed Part 1 of your certification online and need to have an AHA instructor watch you demonstrate your skills, we can do that! Just call 843-757-2800 to schedule an appointment.

2016 Class Schedule - Sign Up


2017

August 28 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
August 28 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR
September 8 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
September 8 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR
September 25 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
September 25 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR
October 23 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
October 23 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR
November 10 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
November 10 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR
November 27 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
November 27 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR
December 8 9am-11am Heartsaver CPR
December 8 2pm-4pm Healthcare Provider CPR





Class Location: Fire District Headquarters Station, 357 Fording Island Road. (Between St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and the Indian Hill Baptist Church).

8 students per class. Payment must be made in the form of a cashiers check or money order. No refunds will be given. Payment and registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the class date requested.

 

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If you are not sure which course is required for your particular situation, please contact your employer.

If you have any questions regarding CPR training, please contact Lee Levesque, PEO/CPR Coordinator, at (843) 548-4354 .

 

 
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