CPR Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What type of CPR training is actually needed? Most people are familiar with traditional community CPR classes that can take up to four hours and often are costly. Students in these classes receive a course completion card.       Often this card is needed for employment or licensing requirements. However, the average person rarely needs that lengthy and costly training. In fact, studies have shown that students who learn in shorter, more casual settings are often less intimidated by the skill and more willing to act when an emergency happens. The American Heart Association (AHA) Family & Friends CPR Anytime Kit ® is an effective tool to accomplish this. The kit includes an inflatable manikin, replacement parts, and a training DVD. It provides instruction for hands-on practice as well as a simple common sense approach and is truly a step by step training.
  2. What kind of training is already taking place in your community? Check with local health care groups, community education and schools to find out if training is already offered. If possible, consider partnering and sharing this simple and effective tool to provide training to larger groups or more groups in a shorter time period.
  3. Who can instruct CPR classes? Traditionally CPR instructors were only individuals in the health care field and those that had taken the required courses to teach. However, many others are very capable of presenting and sharing important messages. Courses that include a course completion card still need to be taught by an instructor. However, the AHA CPR Anytime message can be shared by anyone who has an eagerness to teach others and save lives.
  4. What do I need to teach a class? There is a variety of equipment that can be used for CPR training. Manikins are available from many manufacturers at varying costs. The basic tools you will need are:  Manikins, AHA CPR Anytime Kit ® with video, DVD/TV and the appropriate space for the group you are teaching (i.e. carpeted room to practice on the floor). More details regarding equipment options are listed on the next page.

Are there any tools to help teach?  There are several programs that have been started in different communities.   We have included some examples that might work for yours.  Instead of recreating the wheel, you can save time and energy by sharing what others have already done the work and put together.

Online resources:

http://handsonlycpr.org/
http://bethebeat.heart.org
http://www.redcross.org/
http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/
http://www.heartrescuenow.com