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Who Needs BLS Certification?

Sep 25, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

BLS stands for Basic Life Support. In the United States, this type of certification is for those in the medical field. If you’re a healthcare provider or someone in a rescue profession, the CPR certification you most likely need is BLS.

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Where Can I Find CPR Certification Near Me?

Sep 7, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Looking for CPR and First Aid certification classes near where you live? There are a variety of ways to search out local classes and get your training in a convenient place. Here’s a look at your options.

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What's the Difference Between Initial BLS Certification and BLS Recertification?

Jul 25, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

These days, it depends. In the past, it was fairly common across the board for CPR training providers to offer a shorter version of the initial BLS certification course for those seeking to renew their certification.

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Five Most Common Fears That Keep People from Performing CPR

Jul 10, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Here are some common misconceptions and fears that keep people from providing lifesaving care when the chips are down.

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What is the BLS CPR Algorithm?

Jun 18, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The BLS CPR algorithm is the basic protocol for performing CPR to an unresponsive victim. It’s the definition of high-quality, effective-as-possible CPR.

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First Aid and Health Safety for Disasters

May 1, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you woke up one morning and found that your home was in the path of a natural disaster, like a wildfire or a hurricane, would you know what to do to stay safe? In these scenarios, there is often little time to react, so having a plan before it happens can be critical to your safety and survival. Do you know what to do to be prepared?

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What Happens if Ribs Break During CPR?

Mar 7, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

It’s one of the biggest fears laypeople have about delivering CPR—what if you actually do more damage to the patient than good? What if you break a rib? It does happen—and more often than you’d think.

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Rescue Breathing vs. CPR: What's the Difference?

Feb 5, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Rescue breathing is a component of CPR—and for some, it’s an off-putting one. Also called “mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” rescue breathing was once taught as part of every CPR class. However, research in 2010 called the effectiveness of rescue breathing into question.

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BLS vs. CPR: What's the Difference? Is There One?

Jan 4, 2018 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you work in a field where lifesaving training is needed, this may have happened to you: you apply for a job that asks for BLS certification—and you wonder if your CPR certification qualifies. What is the difference between BLS and CPR certification?

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The Right Depth of Chest Compressions in CPR: How Deep Should You Go?

Dec 22, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

We often get asked the question—what’s the ideal depth for CPR chest compressions? The answer is no deeper than 5.5 centimeters, or about two inches, in adults.

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Can You Be Sued for Performing First Aid?

Nov 30, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Picture this: you’re at a child’s birthday party. One of the children starts choking on a piece of cake. Remembering your first aid training, you immediately leap in with the Heimlich maneuver. The child makes a full recovery. Sounds like a happy ending—until the parents charge you with assault and battery. Can it happen?

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AHA Cards Jumped 772% in Price. Here's What CPR Trainers Need to Know.

Oct 20, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you teach CPR and first aid under the AHA curriculum, you couldn’t miss the news—the price of cards and e-cards recently made a 772% jump—from about $2.20 to $17. This drastic price increase is likely to raise costs for instructors and training centers by thousands of dollars—and force them to raise the price of classes for students. Here is what CPR trainers need to know.

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Should Your Kid Learn CPR?

Sep 20, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Children as young as 11 years old—sometimes younger—have been shown able and willing to provide lifesaving care when needed. Kids are often around other kids, and may catch onto emergencies that busy adults don’t—especially when those adults are responsible for dozens of children at a time, or when adults aren’t immediately present. Children who know CPR can save lives, just as adults do.

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Why Do People Drop Dead? Causes of Sudden Death

Aug 23, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Picture this: you’re enjoying a day of hiking with your family. Then one of your family members collapses and doesn’t get up. It sounds like a nightmare scenario—but it happens on a regular basis. Some of the causes of sudden, unexpected death are rare, but others are quite common. Here’s an overview of some of the causes of sudden, unexpected death.

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First Aid for Summer Barbecues

Jun 23, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Summers is a time of sunshine, outdoors, and barbecues - but it can also be a time of injuries, particuarlly if you are near a grill. Check out these first aid skills that might come in handy if you want to make sure your BBQ is safe and fun.

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What Happens if You Fail at CPR and Someone Dies

Jun 1, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you’re a healthcare provider, this may be a sadly common occurrence in your life. But if you aren’t—if you’re just a bystander, and you suddenly find yourself called upon to provide CPR. Here are some examples of the questions and concerns we’ve heard from people in our CPR classes about what happens when the outcome isn’t the best.

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First Aid for Serious Allergies

Apr 18, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Your immune system protects your body from foreign bodies that could make you sick. It does this by making antibodies, which are specialized cells designed to seek out and destroy anything foreign in blood and tissue that it deems a threat.

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Online First Aid Courses: What's Available, and Which One is Right for You

Feb 8, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

There are many different types of first aid courses available online. Here’s an overview of the types of first aid classes available, and who they’re generally designed for.

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How to Stay Safe During Outside Winter Play

Jan 18, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

I've been getting a lot of questions both here and at my office from concerned parents wanting to keep their kids safe when playing outside during the winter months. Luckily, with a little bit of knowledge, you can let the kids play outside without fear. I've collected a few of the most common questions and provided the answers for you below.

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Cardiac Arrest: What It Is, and Why CPR Works

Jan 4, 2017 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Sudden cardiac arrest can occur like a bolt from the blue. It can happen to anyone at any time; victims often seem healthy and may not have pre-existing heart conditions. The key to survival for victims of cardiac arrest is often receiving CPR immediately—those who have to wait for an ambulance have very low chances.

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HIPAA Certification: What It Is and Why You Need It

Dec 8, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

The acronym “HIPAA” stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Enacted in 1996, this act was a crucial part of attempts at healthcare reform. Here’s an overview of the types of certifications available—and how to choose.

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First Aid Essentials for Halloween

Oct 25, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Halloween can be an exciting time for kids and families. But while most Halloween activities are safe and fun, a few can take a scary turn—and it’s important to know the dangers out there and be prepared. Here’s an overview of the first aid skills it’s useful to know around this time of year.

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Why Tattoo Artists Need Bloodborne Pathogen Certification

Sep 23, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

If you're a tattoo or body modification artist, you most likely need bloodborne pathogen training, testing, and certification. This section explores why tattoo artists need this certification and which types of tattoo artists are required to get this training.

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Who Needs Infant & Child CPR Certification?

Aug 22, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

There are many different types of CPR certifications available—some designed for medical professionals, others for non-medical professionals and lay audiences. Among them is the Infant and Child CPR Certification—a certification that focuses specifically on lifesaving techniques for children and infants.

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First Aid for Drug Overdoses

Jul 15, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When you suspect a drug overdose, you may know what drug the person was taking—or you may not be sure. Often, an overdose patient will either be unconscious or will not be fully cognizant of their surroundings. Because of this, it’s important to know the general signs of drug overdose and what to do for first aid in most situations.

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CPR Test Questions

Jun 14, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Studying for your CPR certification exam? Here are a few practice CPR test questions to help get you up to speed.

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BLS Test Questions

May 18, 2016 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

Want to know what’s on the BLS exam? This article will give you a sense of what to expect. Read on for some BLS practice test questions to help prepare you for your exam.

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How to Check the Status of Your Certification

Aug 24, 2015 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

When you’ve already learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation, you understand the benefit of this life-saving skill. The American Heart Association promotes hands-only CPR as a skill that everyone can know and use in an emergency. But there are times when knowing CPR and being certified in this skill is necessary to save lives. Whether you use your skills professionally or you just want to be prepared for any emergency situation, CPR skills are beneficial and important. When you need to check CPR certification information, CPR Certified is ready to help.

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AHA vs. Red Cross CPR Training Programs: What’s the Difference?

Jun 10, 2014 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

There are a lot of options when it comes to getting your CPR certification. But, with all the options that are avaliable the American Heart Association and the Red Cross are two of the most widely recognized. How do you choose between the two? This guide details the pro's and con's of each.

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Can You Be Sued for Performing CPR?

Feb 7, 2014 | Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC | Comments

In March of 2013, a resident at a nursing home—an 87-year-old woman—stopped breathing. The nurse on the premises told a 911 dispatcher that she would not perform CPR, because of the facility’s rules against it. Unfortunately, the woman died before emergency response could arrive.

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