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    Who Needs BLS Certification?

    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.

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

    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.

    Five Most Common Fears That Keep People from Performing CPR

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

    What is the BLS CPR Algorithm?

    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.

    What Happens if Ribs Break During CPR?

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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?

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

    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.

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

    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.

    Should Your Kid Learn CPR?

    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.

    Why Do People Drop Dead? Causes of Sudden Death

    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.

    First Aid for Summer Barbecues

    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.

    What Happens if You Fail at CPR and Someone Dies

    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.

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

    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.

    How to Stay Safe During Outside Winter Play

    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.

    Cardiac Arrest: What It Is, and Why CPR Works

    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.

    HIPAA Certification: What It Is and Why You Need It

    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.

    First Aid Essentials for Halloween

    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.

    Why Tattoo Artists Need Bloodborne Pathogen Certification

    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.

    Who Needs Infant & Child CPR Certification?

    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.

    First Aid for Drug Overdoses

    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.

    BLS Test Questions

    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.

    Your Job Outlook as a CPR Instructor

    Want to become a CPR instructor? The good news is that this position is projected to grow 8% from 2014 to 2024. Here are a few things that just may affect your job outlook if you are a CPR instructor—or are thinking of becoming one.

    How to Treat Concussion

    Would you know how to treat concussion in the event of a head injury? Recent research has shown that concussion can be more serious than previously thought. Here’s an overview of what to do in the event of a concussion - and how to recognize one.

    Top 5 CPR Movie Moments That We Love to Hate

    You may have noticed in my last few posts how much I love movies and television. In fact, the only thing I love MORE than movies and television is teaching people about the necessity for CPR. So you can imagine how crazy it makes me when movies get CPR and First Aid skills utterly WRONG. In this article I look at some of the top movies that use CPR but get it wrong!

    How 3D Printing Is Saving and Improving Lives

    A few years ago, 3D printing was the stuff of Star Trek. Now, 3D printing is literally transforming how medical professionals are treating and changing the lives of their patients.

    Finally Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

    Why not change it up this year and actually KEEP those fitness resolutions? It's all about staying motivated and creating a system that enables you to make measurable progress. I've created a list of some great tips for finally sticking to your New Year's fitness resolutions.

    ILCOR’s 2015 Guidelines for CPR

    The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) is a forum for resuscitation organizations worldwide to communicate and work together on developing and refining CPR and ECC guidelines. On October 15, the organization published new guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care.

    Can You Be Sued for Performing CPR?

    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.