CPR and first aid training courses have increased in popularity over the recent years throughout North America. Different organizations in the United States and Canada have started raising awareness on cardiovascular emergencies and how to manage them with the advent of the technological age. Training is now more accessible to students all over the continent, with enrolment forms and lessons available on-line on our provider websites.
Note: You may also enrol in a program through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), telephone call, or in person (during our business hours).
Basic First Aid Techniques
Our providers in America specialize in two kinds of training: CPR (short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid training. All of our courses incorporate these two in their curricula. All of the trainers at our providers are trained and certified to provide both CPR and first aid lessons. Basic first aid is a wide topic so our programs focus on the most common injuries and emergencies experienced at home, at work, or even out on the street.
Things to Learn: Management for insect bites
Participants enrolled in comprehensive first aid and CPR courses will learn about a variety of topics including how to manage insect bites. Insect bites are minor injuries that can be managed at home. However, if you have an allergy to insects (usually bees and wasps), an insect bite can lead to anaphylactic shock. A mild insect bite will usually cause mild swelling and a slight pain over the affected area but will resolve on its own.
If you are allergic to insect bites, it can cause both localized and generalized symptoms. Anaphylactic shock will usually cause severe swelling of the affected area, followed by other areas of the body (such as the face and neck). The victim usually starts to experience difficulty breathing and can lose consciousness. Epinephrine (usually in an Epi-pen) is used to immediately relieve the victim of dangerous symptoms of the bite.
CPR skills: basic and advanced
CPR training, particularly basic classes, focus on three skills: compression, ventilation, and defibrillation. The first two are the most commonly used skills by bystanders, because the third can only be done with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Advanced classes will also include basic training but the focus is on medical management skills, such as the administration of medication.
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Advanced Life Support
- Basic Life Support (for health care providers)
- Heartsaver C (for health care providers)
- Heartsaver (for the public)
- Standard first aid
- Emergency first aid
- Childcare first aid
The advanced courses are the first two in the list and the last three are basic courses. Only the first three courses on the list have re-certification available. Re-certification classes are enrolled in by rescuers who have credentials that are approaching expiry and need to be renewed for an additional two years.
Note: We also have only one program available to laypersons. The rest of our classes are for people in health care or allied health professionals.