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CPR FAQs CPR AED - FIRST AID
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What is the minimum age to learn CPR?
The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learning CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills. Please speak with an AHA Instructor or Training Center if you have any concerns.

Why is AED training included in all your CPR courses?
The science in the official 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC shows that victims have a greater chance of survival from cardiac arrest when high-quality CPR includes use of an AED.

I am not a healthcare professional & I need a CPR and AED course for work purposes. Which course should I take?
Heartsaver® CPR AED is probably best for you. The AHA offers this course in both Classroom-based format. Find an AHA Training Center near you offering Heartsaver classes and eLearning skills sessions.( We are an AHA Training Center.)

Are your courses OSHA compliant?
Our Heartsaver Courses are for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory or other requirements. While these courses are designed to meet OSHA requirements, OSHA does not review or approve any courses for compliance.

Through the AHA/OSHA Alliance, we work with OSHA to raise awareness about workplace safety and health to prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace. Read about the OSHA/AHA Alliance.

Which CPR course should a "first responder" or “professional rescuer” take?
First responders or professional rescuers generally include fire, police and emergency medical personnel. These types of prehospital professionals usually need to complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) course. Check with your employer or licensing authority and learn more about classroom-based BLS courses.

Which course should a daycare provider take?
The AHA’s Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course is designed to meet regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 United States. The AHA offers this course classroom-based format.

Can I take an AHA CPR course online?
The AHA offers a variety of Blended Learning and eLearning courses through our Distributors. For Blended Learning courses, a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner online, followed by a Hands-On Skills Session in person with an AHA Instructor or using a Voice Assisted Manikin (VAM) where available. The cost for hands-on sessions is determined by the AHA Training Center offering the session. Training Centers will be able to answer your questions about availability and fees. AHA eLearning courses are fully self-directed, and do not require a separate Hands-On Skills Session.

Do the AHA’s BLS courses include first aid?
No, first aid is not included in the AHA’s BLS courses. The AHA offers a variety of courses that will prepare you to respond to a first aid emergency, including
 Heartsaver First Aid Online – to be followed by a skills session with an AHA Instructor
• Heartsaver First Aid –classroom-based
• Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online – to be followed by a skills session with an AHA Instructor
• Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED – classroom-based
• Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Online – to be followed by a skills session with an AHA Instructor

For the purposes of AHA’s CPR and first aid training, what age constitutes an infant, child and adult?
In CPR and first aid training,

  • An infant is younger than one year
  • A child is older than one year and has not reached puberty
  • An adult is anyone who has gone through or is going through puberty
Is BLS a prerequisite for ACLS?
Students in ACLS courses are not required by the AHA to have a current BLS for Healthcare Providers card, but they are expected to be proficient in BLS skills. Training Centers may require students to have current BLS for Healthcare Providers card.

For the purposes of AHA’s CPR and first aid training, what age constitutes an infant, child and adult?
In CPR and first aid training,
• An infant is someone who is younger than one year
• A child is someone who is older than one year and has not reached puberty
• An adult is anyone who has gone through or is going through puberty.

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