FAQ

> Can I cause a person to die if I do CPR incorrectly? Answer...

No, CPR is only done on a person in cardiac arrest and is technically clinically dead. CPR performed on a person who is clinically dead can ONLY help even if done incorrectly.

> Can I crack ribs when I perform CPR? Answer...

Ribs break frequently when CPR is performed. Frail and Elderly people are more at risk for broken ribs, but broken ribs are a small price to pay for this lifesaving treatment.

> Can CPR always save a victim? Answer...

Most cases of CPR are ineffective. But all cases of properly applied CPR are more successful than no CPR at all.

> Can I be sued if I perform CPR? Answer...

Anyone can be sued for practically any reason. When performed within the limits of the training received and done in the best interest of the victim, it is unlikely that you will be sued.

> Will the Good Samaritan law protect me? Answer...

Yes, if you provide assistance for any medical emergency the Good Samaritan law(s) will cover you as long as you acted in “good faith.” In other words, how you were trained in class.

> Can CPR be performed on animals? Answer...

Absolutely, CPR can be performed on Cats and Dogs. But animal CPR differs from Human CPR. Respiration’s are given through the Nose with the mouth held closed and compressions are provided from the side due to their physical differences.

> What do I do if I’m alone and I do not know CPR in an emergency? Answer...

Call 911! Advise the Dispatcher of your situation and they will give you instructions over the phone.

> How long does a course take? Answer...

ACLS Course: 12 hours for a full certification, 8 hours for a re-certification
BLS for Healthcare Provider: 4 hours for cert, 3 hours for re-certification.
Heartsaver First Aid Course: 3 hours for first aid only, 5 hours for CPR and first aid
All classes include AED training now per the new AHA guidelines

> When I complete a course, what certification do I receive? Answer...

We provide instruction as conveyed by the American Heart Association. The specific course you attend will provide you with either a 2 Year certification.

> Do I receive certification card on the day I complete a course? Answer...

Students who attend our classes in the Training Center leave with a certification card when the course is completed.

> How long is my certification valid? Answer...

Two Years with no grace period! The expiration date is the REAL expiration date listed on the card. If I take a class on 11/24/12- AHA gives me until 11/30/14 to renew my certification. The “grace period” is giving the student to the end of the month-not until the actual date!