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Is there a difference between First Aid training and CPR?

Yes. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR training is a very specific training course focusing on what to do in the event of a “cardiac arrest emergency.” It is a valuable technique that can be used during many emergencies including heart attack, or near-drowning when a person has stopped breathing or the heartbeat has stopped.

CPR training is a useful skill to have. Here are some reasons to get trained in CPR. According to the American Heart Association:

  • More than 380,000 out-of-hospital sudden heart attacks happen every year
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 heart attacks take place at home
  • Heart attack sufferers often seem healthy and show no apparent risk factors
  • Immediate action is crucial to improve chances of survival

First Aid training, compared to CPR, is a more generalized course that teaches procedures for a number of situations including:

  • Snakebite
  • Burns
  • Stroke
  • Control of bleeding
  • Care for injuries and wounds
  • Emergency treatment of life-threatening situations like poisoning and choking

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Who can benefit from this course?

Anyone from an average citizen or new parent to first responders can benefit from taking our CPR and First Aid courses. It helps you be better prepared in the event of an emergency. This course is also designed to provide caregivers (professional and otherwise) for emergency and trauma situations.

Healthcare providers and professional rescuers benefit from CPR and First Aid training, but employees from almost any business will gain the confidence needed to respond to life-threatening situations at home or in the office as well. In fact, it’s been estimated that up to 25% of emergency room visits could be avoided if people had basic training in First Aid and CPR.

All our courses, both online and in traditional classroom settings, are American Heart Association courses. Upon completion, you will receive an AHA certification that remains active for two years.

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Will my certification expire?

It’s recommended that you take this course every two years in order to remain up-to-date with you skill set. AHA cards expire after two years and re-certification is required for first responders and healthcare professionals. Studies have shown that less than half of CPR-certified individuals are able to pass a skills test just one year after training. Re-certification will not only keep your skills honed, it also helps you keep up with ever-changing guidelines.

CPR is not something you typically use in your everyday life, so it can be forgotten. Like most things in life, if you don’t use it you lose it. Many jobs outside of the healthcare field require you to have valid, non-expired CPR certification—from sports organizations to lifeguards, and OSHA compliant workplaces.


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What skills does First Aid training teach me?

  • January 13, 2016

    Published by RcHealthcare

    A First Aid training course will teach you the skills needed to be able to respond to various medical emergencies. Through course work and hands-on training you will be taught how to recognize and respond to various acute injuries and illnesses. You will not only learn treatment options, you will also be given a background on the principles of triage, the legal aspects of providing first aid and general safety training.

    You will learn the basics of identifying and treating injuries such as:

    • Shock

    • Bleeding

    • Poisoning

    • Burns

    • Temperature extremes

    • Musculoskeletal injuries like sprains and broken bones

    • Bites and stings

    • Medical emergencies such as stroke, heart attacks, asthma attacks, diabetic emergencies, seizures, and pregnancy issues

    First aid training is a valuable skill that can benefit you in everyday life whether you are a new parent, teacher, or sports coach.

  • January 11, 2016

    Published by RcHealthcare

    Basic First Aid training is a skill that everyone should have. Whether you’re a new parent or a medical professional First Aid training will give you the skills and confidence to respond to a variety of medical emergencies. Your class will teach you through hands-on experience and classroom training, how to recognize and appropriately respond to various illnesses and injuries from basic cuts and scrapes to medical emergencies such as heart attacks and stroke.

    Along with treatment options, you’ll learn about and be given a background on basic triage, general scene safety training, and the legal aspects of administering first aid. You’ll also learn through classroom training how to identify and treat injuries like bleeding, poisoning, burns, shock, sprains and broken bones, burns, bites and stings as well as more serious medical emergencies such as stroke, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, seizures and pregnancy issues.

    Anyone can benefit by getting certified in Basic First Aid. Many jobs dealing with the public such as teachers, coaches and lifeguards may be required to have certification in Basic First Aid and even Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. Studies have shown that up to 25% of emergency room visits could be avoided if people had basic First Aid and CPR training.