Training Tools – CPR Course Outline Suggestions

  1. Introduction: Share how you got involved and why it is important to you, participants value your opinion. (2 minutes)
  2. Background Information – To help spread this message, give a short explanation about Take Heart and the systems-based approach.       Consider using the ‘No Fear CPR’ web version as a supplement to discussion. (3 minutes)
  3. Why is this important? – Share the tips on the card. Participants like the statistics and it helps them see why CPR training is so important. Help them see the numbers, for example, when you talk about less than a third receiving bystander CPR; divide the room and mention how many of them might not receive CPR , when needed, if people are afraid to do it. Explain the difference between a heart attack and SCA – plumbing vs. electrical. (3 minutes)
  4. Explain the AHA CPR Anytime kit – Talk about reuse and encourage sharing the kit as the more people that learn CPR the higher the survival rate. Take Heart encourages the use of the whole video for CPR training, not just ‘hands only’. This gives them the information needed for emergency situations and allows them the choice. A discussion of barriers to CPR can help and that is a good time to mention that if you are unwilling to do breaths, then at a minimum, do compressions only till help arrives. Other barriers to CPR that might be mentioned are: too difficult – which has been adapted in AHA guidelines and is much easier with less details to remember; liability – discuss the MN Good Samaritan Law (for the actual MN statute visit; fear of causing more harm – remind them that they can’t do more harm, they can only help and might save a life. (4 minutes)
  5. Watch Video – Emphasize CPR training tips on card. Have participants follow video and practice. Offer practice scenarios if time allows or for specific situations. (22 minutes for video portion of CPR)
  6. AED Review – The AHA CPR Anytime Kit video covers AEDs in a separate section. Many feel that they need practice with the device that is in their workplace or organization. Remind them that all AEDs work the same and following the pictures and voice prompts will guide them through the appropriate use, no matter what brand it is. (5-10 minutes)

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • What is Take Heart America?
    • Nationally backed community-based initiative to look at best practice in managing SCA
    • Increasing survival rate from out-of-hospital SCA, which nation-wide is less than 5%
    • About 5% survive to the hospital – CPR, AED, ITD & cooling can increase survival to over 20%
  • Why is this so important?
    • > 350,000 are affected by SCA every year (Tampa, FL and St. Louis, MO)
    • Less than a 1/3 of SCA victims receive bystander CPR
    • Doing something is better than nothing!!!
  • Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    • Plumbing vs. Electrical
    • Heart attacks cause muscle damage that may lead to SCA
    • Not all SCAs are caused by heart attacks
  • Using the AHA CPR Anytime Kit®
    • Have kits out and space for each person to practice
    • DVD has sections for various topics – minimally go through entire CPR section
  • CPR Training Tips
    • Encourage 30 compressions to 2 breaths unless unwilling to give breaths, then do hands-only CPR till help arrives
    • Compress chest hard and fast, compress at least 2” at a rate of 100 beats per minute                                   *use Stayin’ Alive song for beat
    • Emphasize chest recoil (rise) during compressions
    • Remind to minimize interruptions
    • Discuss items not on video: Scene Safety, MN Good Samaritan law, vomiting, hear or feel cracking even with good CPR,
    • Consider watching other sections on video if time allows
  • AEDs
    • Apply the AED chest pads on bare chest as soon as it is available and turn unit on
    • Always follow the pictures and voice prompts
    • Demo unit if available and practice scenarios if time allows