Camping and First Aid safety

Camping is a popular recreational activity throughout the United States, with over 41 million people taking to the wilderness each year to camp in the outdoors.  They have good reasons to do so, as camping has a number of physical and social benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • Improved fitness
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased social connection with family and friends
  • Exposure to fresh, clean air

However, as is the case with any outdoor activity, camping is not without its risks.  Because of camping’s popularity, “Now is a vital time to learn how to manage medical emergencies in remote environments” says Morgan Tilton, a trained Wilderness First Responder.  According to Tilton, issues that campers should be prepared for include musculoskeletal injury, cold injury, infection, blisters and lacerations.

The campsite itself also presents dangers, including burns (from campfires), bug bites and rashes, and injuries from sharp objects, such as utility knives and hatchets.  Lifelong camper and trail racer David Parnell says, “The goal of having a first aid kit is never having to use it, but that objective is not always realistic.” Parnell recommends that every camper’s first aid kit contains –

  • Medications for personal medical conditions
  • Bandages, gauze and medical tape
  • Antibiotic spray or wipes
  • Tweezers (for splinters and ticks) and scissors
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Burn cream
  • Nitrate or latex gloves
  • Emergency blanket

“Also”, says Parnell, “a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation device is vital to saving someone’s life while performing CPR.”  The leading cause of death in national parks is drowning, and heart attacks are also possible during camping.  Peter Mitchell. Founder of Decide Outside says, “It’s not that the trees, the sun, and the wind cause heart attacks. Heart attacks can happen if you exert yourself in ways you’re not used to.  A two-mile hike may not seem like a big deal, but if you are not active, this may be a lot to ask of your body.”

Preparation is key for a safe camping trip.  A good first aid kit is a must-have, but avid campers should also consider adding first aid and CPR training to their safety arsenal, especially when camping in remote areas where it will take time for responders to arrive.  “Before my training, I was lucky,” says Morgan Tilton.  “I stumbled across a few remote tragedies but was not needed on the scene, and, honestly, I would not have known how to help.  Now that I have training in first aid and CPR, I can.”

What’s the purpose of an AED?

  • by Elayne Bowman
  • Oct 15, 2021
  • 0
  • Category:

An AED can be the difference between life and death! The survival rate without an AED is 7% but with the use of an AED, the survival rate goes up to 33%! (According to the American Heart Association in 2011) that means out of 100 peaple,7 survive without an AED but 33 survive with an AED!

But what does it do?

An AED takes a heart that’s in Ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia and stops it for just a moment so we can get our message across and tell the heart what to do. The heart is like a teenager, they’ll argue and argue. There’s all this chaos and you’re trying to get your point across but they’re not listening So, sometimes you just have to yell “STOP!” and they’ll stop, for just a moment so you can quickly get your message across. But soon chaos arises again and you just have to yell “STOP!” again, so you can get your message across and hopefully they’ll listen this time. What an AED does is take that chaotic heart and stops it for just that moment so maybe it’ll listen to you.

What is Ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia?

Ventricular fibrillation, otherwise known as V fib. V fib is when a heart quivers and shakes very fast and isn’t able to pump blood anywhere                                                                                                                      

Ventricular tachycardia, otherwise known as V tach. V tach is when a heart beats so fast that its not able to pump blood anywhere. Both V fib and V tach cause loss of circulation to the places that need it like: your heart, lungs, brain and other important organs.

V tach

V fib

Normal

Can an AED kill someone?

No, an AED cannot kill someone. Unless the victim is in V fib or V tach, the AED will not allow a shock. You could put an AED on someone who’s alive and well and it will say “no shock advised, continue CPR” or you could put an AED on someone who’s been in the morgue for a few days and it will say the same thing. however, an AED can harm the people around, IF they are touching the victim while the AED is shocking (or if they are in the same puddle as the victim while its shocking.) Just stay clear of the victim while the AED is administering a shock then no harm can be done to anyone from the AED.

Can an AED be used on someone with a pacemaker?

You can use an AED on someone with a pacemaker. If a victim is having a heart attack and they have a pacemaker, then obviously the pacemaker isn’t working. Most new pacemakers are located on the top left, but if the pacemaker is located on the top right, just move the AED pad just a little so the pacemaker is not in the way.

Why should I use an AED?

You should use an AED because the success rate is much higher, (according to the American Heart Association in 2011) there’s a 7% success rate without the use of an AED, but with an AED it’s a 33% success rate! That means Out of 200 people, 14 survive without an AED, but with an AED, 65 people survive! AEDs are useful tools when doing CPR, there easy to use and save time. They improve survival success in cardiac arrest victims.

Common questions

Can I use an AED alone?

Absolutely! The sooner an AED is used, the better the outcome.

Can I take off the pads?

You should not take off the pads. Most hospitals have cord adapters and will use the same pads.

Can I just put the AED on and leave?

No, an AED is almost useless without the use of CPR. An AED stops the heart for just a moment, so you can tell the heart what to do by resuming quality chest compressions.

If you want to find out more information, take one of our classes, we’ll teach you how to use an AED and how to perform CPR. Visit www.inpulsecpr.com for more information about local community classes to attend.

CPR on a Karate Kid

karate cpr

By:  Melissa Grant

On an afternoon in 2015, 10-year-old Samantha’s karate class was performing its usual drills, when, without warning, Samantha dropped to the mat.  “There were absolutely no warning signs that I noticed,” says Samantha.  “My heart rate was always high, so everything felt normal to me.”

Fortunately, her karate instructor knew CPR and immediately jumped into action.  He performed CPR for five minutes as the class looked on, waiting for an ambulance to arrive.  The paramedics administered one shock with an AED.  “Unbelievably, I was awake and talking during the ten minute drive from my arrest site to the hospital.  I spent eight days in the cardiac ICU and was discharged straight from there.”  While in the cardiac ICU, doctors implanted an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator), which administers a shock if Samantha’s heart ever beats above 240 beats per minute.  “Thankfully,” says Samantha, “that’s only happened once.”

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of 2,000 children and teens in the United States.  SCA occurs for various reasons.  Samantha does not know what caused her heart to stop in the dojo that day.  “Since then, I have been diagnosed with atrial tachycardia and sinus tachycardia, both of which are now controlled with medication.”

It was hard for Samantha to get used to her limitations and need for medication, but there has been a silver lining.  “Without this experience, I would never have been able to impact my community to the degree I have,” says Samantha. Now 17, Samantha plans to attend nursing school and volunteers at the hospital where she was treated after her SCA.  She is optimistic about her life — a life that was saved by her karate instructor’s CPR training.  “I am encouraging everyone to learn CPR.  It does not take long to learn, but it could allow you to save a life, a life like mine.”

Roster blunder

Here are a few of some recent issues we’ve been having concerning rosters lately. What blunder are you guilty of?

  • No test scores
  • HC Certs being accepted at the class. They need to be emailed to us.
  • Names crossed off that were in attendance
  • Incorrect count or no count before emailing.
  • Wrong online certification but skilled out anyway
  • Not sending page 2 of roster
  • Not sending them immediately after the class.
  • No notes when there is a problem with a student
  • Not collecting voucher (is the student being told to contact the office or that they will not receive a card w/o it)
  • Hand written rosters on a blank piece of paper instead of roster form with no information but student name and score.
  • Hand written emails for students not on the roster or changes that are not legible.

It’s very time consuming tracking down the information that should be on the roster. All of these issues hold up the processing of student cards.

New American Heart Logo usage guidelines

  • by Troy Bowman
  • Jul 15, 2021
  • 0
  • Category:
New-AHA-logo-guildelinesDownload Please be sure any literature and websites conform to the new American Heart logo usage guidelines. You are not permitted to use any ‘Training Center’ logo’s. An example of proper usage is as follows for Training Sites aligned with In-Pulse CPR: Aligned with In-Pulse CPR An example of proper usage is as follows for […]
This post is only available to members.

CPR Instructor classes Tampa Florida

Starting a new career as a CPR instructor is affordable and can be very rewarding. The demand for more community taught classes is growing. You could help fill that need.

This is our next scheduled class date(s):

Click on class for more information and to register
No dates shown? Contact us!

See below for Steps to Become an Instructor and FAQ’s New Instructors Ask.

5 Reasons Why you should become a CPR Instructor

Work for yourself

Upcoming Instructor class dates in Florida are listed below.

Becoming an American Heart Instructor:  You believe in the tremendous importance of CPR classes, and you have learned a lot by participating in these courses. If you are passionate about training and helping others, now is a great time to consider taking the next step and becoming an American Heart instructor. Once you complete your training, you’ll be able to take advantage of attractive benefits. Here are some of the reasons why becoming an American Heart instructor could be the perfect fit for you.

You can set your own schedule.

Flexibility is an important benefit to today’s job seekers, and working as a CPR instructor offers the schedule flexibility that you’ve been searching for. Once you are a certified instructor, you can choose the location, dates, and times of your classes. Teach classes on weekday evenings for busy parents, or schedule sessions during the day in corporate environments.

Get support and guidance from your Training Center

You can add impressive experience to your resume.

You want to give yourself every advantage in today’s competitive job market. If you are already working as a health professional, your current and potential employers will appreciate seeing the American Heart Instructor certification on your resume. This certification does not only mean that you are a CPR expert; it also shows that you have experience in teaching, speaking in front of a group, and instructing a class. Employers in a wide range of settings value these skills.

You set your own schedule

You can enjoy networking opportunities.

As we chat with those who are currently working as American Heart instructors, we find that many of them have made valuable connections through their classes. CPR certification is a requirement for all medical professionals, so you’ll have students from medical facilities throughout our local area. Whether you are looking for a new job now or sometime in the future, it’s helpful to have connections with medical professionals from a variety of specialties.

You can enjoy extra income.

Organizations ranging from schools to recreation departments realize the importance of providing quality CPR training for their employees. As they pay for these courses, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefit of extra income. Even if you only teach for part-time hours, you can earn additional funds for vacations, holiday gifts, and more.

You can make a life-changing difference.

We’ve saved the most important benefit of working as a CPR instructor for last. The process of teaching is rewarding, and it is even more so when the methods you are sharing can change lives. You’ll love seeing students leave your classes feeling empowered to act confidently in emergency situations. As your students go out into their families, work places, and communities, they have the power to save lives thanks to your careful instruction.


Classes available

Instructor class are affordable

In-Pulse CPR offers affordable CPR instructor courses in the Tampa, Florida area

We have students drive from all corners of the state that attend our classes.  Check out our available class dates below. We recommend that you enroll as early as possible since classes fill up quickly.

The steps are simple – get started today!

  1. Be accepted by your local AHA Training Center – The good news is In-Pulse CPR is an AHA Training Center (TC) and is currently accepting instructor alignments in Florida.
  2. Have a non-expired valid CPR BLS and / or Heartsaver certification. Expired, don’t have one?
  3. Sign up, attend, and successfully complete the classroom Instructor Course.  Call us at 813-343-4024 for information about our next class.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months of completing Instructor Course. Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring.

This is our next scheduled class date:

Click on class for more information and to register

FAQ’s New CPR Instructors Ask

  • What does it cost to become an American Heart Instructor?
    A new instructor should be prepared to spend a minimum of about $600-$800 to get started. As you grow, you can add to your inventory with more supplies and equipment as needed. The more equipment you have to teach with the larger your classes can be. A few of your startup costs include:
    -The Instructor course, membership, and monitoring ($300-$500)
    -Manikins (a functional manikin can be purchased for around $120)
    Most instructors / teachers have multiple manikins.
    -AED trainers (start at about $100 each)
    -Additional training supplies and start up costs ($ varies)
    -Marketing / Website ($ varies)
    You may be able to help cut initial costs by finding used equipment to start out with.
  • Who do I train?
    Some people you might initially train are your family and friends, your church, or past employers. As you grow your business you may want to reach out to small to medium medical clinics, dental offices, daycares, schools. There are thousands of people within your community who need this training. Many need CPR/ BLS training as a requirement for their job. This training needs to be completed every two years. BLS stands for ‘Basic Life Support’. It is often synonymous with CPR, more commonly refers to the medical side of CPR training that includes other life support functions like dealing with choking, assisted breathing, AED use, etc. As a BLS Instructor , you can teach healthcare CPR classes as well as, laymen CPR (commonly known as HeartSaver CPR).
  • Where can I teach?
    Geographically, generally speaking, there is no limit to where you can teach a class.
  • Once I take this class and start teaching CPR, who is my employer?
    Depends. Is an employer paying for your class and startup equipment? Then they are probably your employer. If not, you are self employed. Being a self employed independent CPR instructor has many advantages. See 10 Benefits of Being Self-Employed.
  • Do I need a Healthcare background or public speaking experience to be a CPR instructor?
    No, anyone can become a CPR instructor regardless of their background but having this experience helps. It is hard to develop a repour with your students if they have a medical background and you don’t. Likewise, if you have previous public speaking experience and are an effective communicator, this is a big plus. Every new instructor has a few fears at first. The more often you teach, the more you can sharpen your communication skills and become a better teacher. The better you can connect with your students helps develop repour. Having a good repour with your students is huge. It is the difference with them giving you repeat business and passing referrals, to never doing business with you again.

When you attend an INSTRUCTOR CLASS with In-Pulse CPR, we will cover many of these questions within the course.

Classroom sales pitch

Vouchers…Keychain Sales…Reviews

WE NEED YOUR HELP. We are asking you to put on a sales hat for a 2-minute sales pitch at each class you teach for In-Pulse. That’s it, 2 minutes to promote the following – Vouchers…Keychain Sales…Reviews. Here is how you do it.

Make sure you mention it while holding up the bag of keychains before and at the end of the class, and have the bag of keychains on the check out desk with a sign for them to see when they come up to get their test graded. Offer it to the Heartcode students too.

[script – before you hand out the BLS exam]

Our company has a really great in class promotion going on right now.  We are offering class gift certificates / vouchers for $40 each, which is a really good price and a great way to get a close friend or family member into a class. Maybe for your Mom, a babysitter, your spouse. This promotion is good for today only.

Also we are offering multicolored keychain breathing barriers for only $5 a piece. The great thing about these particular barriers is that they come with a one way barrier which is unique for something this small”

[Lastly, when student hands in test, ask them:]

“Are you able to rate me 5 stars in a google review?”

[Hand them a ‘Review Instruction Card’]

[end-script]

2020 GUIDELINES ARE HERE!

  • by Mollie Bowman
  • Feb 05, 2021
  • 0
  • Category:
Access your required Instructor Updates* on 2020 science for each discipline you teach*Instructor Network login required Go to the ECC Guidelines Site to: Read the full 2020 AHA GuidelinesGet the Guidelines Highlights in 17 languagesView Guidelines Visual Resources and PodcastsOrder the Guidelines Reprint, and more
This post is only available to members.

What To Expect From Your CPR Classes

Depending on the work you do and how you spend your free time, you might feel like everyone in the world has already taken a CPR class. It’s especially common for people who work in the medical, recreation, and public service industries. For many of those folks, they may very well be on their 10th or even 20th CPR certification class.

However, there are still plenty of people who are considering a CPR class or are scheduled to take their very first one, and aren’t really sure what to expect. After all, how exactly do you train and prepare to save someone’s life?

At In-Pulse CPR, we teach AHA accredited CPR classes in three different states — Florida, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania — all year round, so we know what you’re getting into. In today’s blog, we will take a look at what to expect from your first CPR class. Read on to learn more, or if you are still looking for an organization to certify with, sign up for one of our CPR courses in your area today.

Public and Private CPR Classes

First off, your CPR class may look a little different depending on whether it is a public course — a scheduled date that anyone from any organization can attend — or a private class for a small group.

Public classes tend to take place in public venues and have more students and instructors. These tend to feel a bit more like a traditional classroom environment because of the size and setup.

Private CPR classes for small groups are usually held at the facility that organized the training, such as a school, workplace, or non-profit. These classes may have as few as five participants and a single instructor, or they can be significantly larger.

Either way, you’ll have plenty of access to ask questions, view demonstrations, and apply what you have learned.

CPR For All Ages

In a Heartsaver CPR class from In-Pulse CPR, you’ll learn the everything you need to know about CPR for adults — more of which will be listed below — but you will also receive instruction and training on how to modify your CPR techniques if you are performing resuscitation on a child, an infant, or an eldery person in a more fragile physical condition.

Assessing & Assisting

Another thing you can expect to learn at your CPR class is how to properly assess the situation and determine what kind of assistance you need to provide.

The first thing you’ll cover is scene safety – determining if an unconscious person, or yourself, is still in a clear and present threat of harm or death.

From here, you’ll learn how to effectively check for responsiveness and breathing, as well as receive training on how to understand and utilize the best practices for delegating emergency tasks like contacting emergency medical services.

From here, you’ll receive guided instruction and practice with a CPR doll for situations involving both airway blockage removal (helping someone who is choking) and CPR.

Performing CPR

The next part of your 4-hour long CPR class will cover training, demonstrations, and practice with providing assistance for choking and assistance for breathing and circulation. 

This training will include learning about how to provide breathing assistance and chest compressions when performing CPR as well as the various alterations that are made for special circumstances such as using CPR on a small child.

AED Walkthrough & Demonstration

Finally, you’ll be introduced to an AED — and Automated External Defibrillator. These incredible life saving devices are found in most public spaces and offer an effective and relatively simple way to restart or stabilize someone’s heart. 

Even though it is in the name — automated — many people don’t realize that an AED does all of the hard work for you. However, it is still important to understand what they look like, where they are found, how they are activated, where pads are placed, and what to do after use.

Sign Up For Your Heartsaver CPR Class with In-Pulse CPR Today

All in all, CPR classes are informative, applicable, and even though we are working through a serious subject, quite a bit of fun. At In-Pulse CPR, our goal is to provide a CPR class that meets the standards of the AHA, qualifies for virtually any CPR certification needs, and helps you be prepared to save a life. Sign up for our Heartsaver CPR classes today, or if you are a healthcare worker, sign up for our BLS CPR classes.

When And How To Undertake Your CPR Recertification

First of all, if you are reading this post because you have already been certified in CPR once and are looking for recertification, let us thank you. Your decision to take the time to learn a lifesaving technique is a selfless and incredible thing to do, even if it is because of a work requirement.

Your CPR certification does expire and making sure that you don’t let it lapse before chatting CPR recertification taken care of is important. In today’s blog from the CPR recertification team at In-Pulse CPR, we will take a look at certification, recertification, and everything you need to know about getting it done on time.

To learn more, continue reading. If you know what you are doing and you are ready to get signed up for a recertification course, then check the schedules of our CPR classes near you in Minnesota, Florida, and Pennsylvania today. 

What Does Certification Look Like?

To become CPR certified, you need to enroll and take a CPR class (we recommend courses backed by the American Heart Association) that lasts roughly four hours and covers the following kinds of topics through instruction, modeling, and guided practice.

  • Scene safety assessments
  • Checking responsiveness
  • Assessing breathing
  • Activating emergency medical services
  • Assisting someone who is unresponsive
  • Assisting someone who is choking
  • Use of protective barriers
  • Compressions and breaths
  • And Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use

Once you have completed the coursework and test successfully, you can expect to receive a digital CPR certification card in your email that can be shared or printed with your employer or organization.

How Long Am I Certified For?

Various organization’s certification can last varying lengths of time, but for the American Heart Association courses that are taught by the team at In-Pulse CPR, your certification is compliant for a two-year period from the issue date on your digital certification card.

With that being said, the AHA is not the ultimate authority on the certification requirements at your place of employment. Some employers may require more frequent certifications or additional certifications to remain current with their standards. Always make sure you are keenly aware of the individual requirements mandated for your job.

How Do I Get CPR Recertified?

Recertification is just as easy and just as fun as getting certified was. All you need to do is register for a CPR certification course that meets your needs. Just like before, the course will take roughly four hours to complete and will cover all of the fundamentals of CPR along with any updates, changes, or modifications that have been made to the technique.

If you are a medical care or healthcare provider, then you probably need to make sure that you are registered for a BLS CPR certification course. For non-medical personnel, the AHA Heartsaver CPR certification class will likely meet your needs.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

Here are a few other things to keep in mind when planning for your CPR recertification.

  • Plan Ahead – The last thing that you want to have happened is for your CPR certification to expire. This can cause you to miss time at work or put your employer at risk.
  • Ask About Other Certifications – There are other certifications like first aid, Advanced Critical Life Support (ACLS), and more that may be required by your employer. Do not assume that the Heartsaver or BLS certifications are the only courses you need.
  • Make The Most Of Your Recertification – With any luck, you haven’t had to put your CPR skills to the test since you were originally certified. As such, make sure to use this time to really pay attention, ask questions you didn’t think of the first time around, practice hard, and improve your ability to save a life.

Get CPR Recertification Near You From In-Pulse CPR

At In-Pulse CPR, we offer CPR recertification courses, first aid, AED training, and more so that you, your team, and your company can have the tools and training that you need to help save someone from a cardiac arrest or choking situation using the program developed by the American Heart Association. Sign up for recertification with us today at a location near you (we have over 60 class sites) in Florida, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

5 People Who Aren’t Required To Be CPR Certified, But Should Be Certified Anyway

Not every profession requires that you become CPR certified. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of professions have no requirements for these certifications or incentivize their employees to obtain them. However, here at In-Pulse CPR, we work with people to provide AHA-backed CPR certifications, and we hear deeply moving, powerful, and personal stories all the time about CPR making the difference in an emergency situation.

When you are certified to give CPR while waiting for emergency responders to arrive, you are buying invaluable time for someone — time that may save their brain by keeping oxygen moving to it, and time that may even allow their life to be saved. That’s not a small thing.

In today’s blog from the CPR training experts at In-Pulse CPR, we will make our recommendations for other groups of people who benefit greatly from knowing CPR. If you or a team of your co-workers are interested in learning more about scheduling a private CPR training course for a group of 5 more, get in touch with us today. Otherwise, we encourage you to get your CPR certification at any of our publicly available sessions in Minnesota, Florida, or Pennsylvania.

Teachers

As a teacher, you care about your students and their well-being. If you didn’t, then chances are good you would have chosen a different profession. Working with kids of any age presents unique challenges, but there are some that are more serious than others.

In your classroom, you are the leader, the instructor, and the protector of your students. From lockdowns to choking situations, teachers are socially expected to protect the children they work with everyday, whether they have a lot of training or not.

From a choking student to an unconscious one in a class or on the playground, CPR certification will help you understand how to assess and assist in a way that gives a student the best chance of being okay.

Clergy

In their own way, clergy people are much like teachers. They care deeply about others, are willing to make sacrifices for what they believe in, and have followed a call to a higher sense of responsibility. Beyond this, clergy provide compassionate spiritual care for the eldery, the sick, and many others.

We always encourage clergy to consider another way of saving lives that they can easily, quickly, and conveniently add into their creed of care. So if you find yourself in a situation where someone you are with has a heart attack or other emergency, you are better prepared to truly act as a guardian angel in their life.

Event Staff & Security

As a general rule, the more people you are around, the more likely you are to run into an emergency situation. Not only because there are more people that something can happen to, but also because crowds simply seem to promote a higher risk of stress, injury, and accidents.

Understanding that, your assignment as a member of an event staff or event security team might be taking tickets or checking event passes as a loading dock, but your job is to ensure the safety and well-being of every possible person at the event.

While there are most likely EMTs or paramedics on-site, being prepared to be the first responder to an emergency situation might be the difference between someone being okay and them not. CPR certification and first aid training prepares you to step up and help when someone is in trouble.

Parents

Being a parent can be scary, and not just the first time around. Although you learn quickly that your children are not as fragile as you fear they are, choking hazards are a very real threat, and CPR training can prepare you to do what is necessary to save the life of your infant or toddler.

We recommend that all new parents make a CPR certification date night to get away for an evening, do something together, and take a step towards protecting their child from a sadly common tragedy.

Just About Everyone, Really

The truth is that emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere. That’s why everyone should consider CPR certification training courses. If you find yourself as the person who could help, wouldn’t you want to be able to?

Sign Up To Get CPR Certified With In-Pulse CPR Today

If you’re ready to get your CPR certification with In-Pulse CPR, sign up for one of our courses in Florida, Minnesota, or Pennsylvania today.

What Is A BLS Training And Who Needs It?

Whether you are a current or aspiring medical professional or healthcare worker or someone who is simply looking to round out their personal skillset and knowledge with a CPR training course, knowing what course options are available to you and what the differences between them are is crucial.

In today’s post from In-Pulse CPR — a CPR training and first aid training company serving Pennsylvania, Florida, and Minnesota — we will look at a specific focus on the BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR training course we offer with regards to how it differs from the Heartsaver CPR training course we offer.

By understanding the difference between these options, you can ensure that you get registered for the right CPR training and are able to meet your employer’s credentialing requirements.

Read on to learn more, or to sign up for one of our American Heart Association-accredited CPR training classes, check out our calendar of current classes in you are using one of the state links above. 

CPR Training For Healthcare Professionals

First things first — it is important to note that while BLS CPR training is specified for many certification requirements in the healthcare field, there are no prerequisites for these CPR courses, and anyone can take them.

Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR training covers virtually all of the same topics, training, and techniques that are taught in a Heartsaver CPR class, but it goes a bit deeper given that medical professionals are typically expected to deploy what they have learned on a somewhat regular basis.

Some of the occupations that are likely to require a BLS CPR training certification include: nurses, doctors, dentists, EMTs, rescue workers, respiratory therapists, and anyone who is studying or in a program to move into one of these roles.

AHA Certified CPR Training

All of the BLS CPR trainings that are organized and offered by In-Pulse CPR meet the standards and guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association — the primary authority on CPR, heart health, and all things cardiological related.

A BLS CPR training program will prepare you to assess a situation, check for responsiveness, breathing, and airway blockages, and will teach you the techniques and skills needed to perform CPR solo or in a team setting.

You’ll learn CPR techniques that are deployable for adults, children, and infants, as well as learn all about the warning signs of heart attack, choking and other respiratory and cardiac conditions. Finally, you’ll be introduced to and trained in how to successfully use an AED — an Automated External Defibrillator.

One thing to keep in mind is that your employer may require additional certifications and training that may or may not be covered by our classes. Before signing up, make sure to inquire with your employer about if they are offering a private class that might include additional training such as first aid training, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). 

Who Else Can Take BLS CPR Training With In-Pulse CPR?

BLS CPR trainings are specifically designed to promote the early warning identification and teamwork skills needed by people working in an organized, cooperative, lifesaving environment. However, that same teamwork approach, warning sign identification, and other detailed training of a BLS CPR class also makes them great for: clergy, teachers, daycare providers, fitness and exercise instructors, and recreation activity leaders of all kinds.

For others who want a CPR training course that provides everything you need without the extra emphasis on two-person CPR, a Heartsaver CPR class may be just what you need. You can learn more about them on our CPR certification page.

Sign Up For Your Basic Life Support CPR Training Today

If your two-year BLS certification is getting close to expiration or you need to attain certification by a specific date, make sure to get signed up for your BLS CPR training class today. Spots can fill quickly, and although there are regular CPR trainings each month — or more often — you don’t want to risk ending up out of compliance for your job. Sign up with us today to certify or recertify with CPR training endorsed by the AHA. Find a class near you in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, or Florida today.

5 Reasons To Get CPR Certified

While we recognize that it would be far easier to enumerate the short list of reasons why you shouldn’t get CPR certification, we thought that it would be sending the wrong message. So instead, we’re covering what we think are 5 of the best — and there are many to choose from — reasons to consider getting your CPR certification.

At In-Pulse CPR, we provide CPR certifications of varying levels as well as first aid training, AED training, and online sales of emergency response devices and equipment. To learn more about the best reasons to look at getting CPR certified, continue reading. 

To get signed up with a class in one of the states we work in — Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Florida — check out our calendar of scheduled courses or get in touch to schedule a private group training for yourself and at least four other people.

Meet Your Employment Guidelines

While this one seems kind of like a no-brainer, there are hundreds of people who work in the healthcare industry each year who allow their CPR certification to lapse. While some of these folks may only have a lapse of a few days because training schedules didn’t line up quite perfectly, others are ending up with unpaid leave. In some cases, these expired CPR certifications can cause tremendous liability issues for individuals and businesses if an individual with a lapsed certification continues to remain in their role.

To make sure that you are staying up to date on the most recent techniques and best practices, as well as the ensure that you are remaining credentialed and protecting yourself, your employer, and the people who you are there to help, mark your expiration date on the calendar and make sure to have another training course scheduled by the 90-day mark.

Be Confident When An Emergency Happens

CPR certification is applicable to a lot more situations than just those that involve a heart attack, someone choking, or another breathing or heart health emergency.

When you go through a CPR certification course, you receive training in determining how to evaluate the safety of a scene, what kinds of things to prioritize — such as delegating tasks and contacting emergency medical services — and provide you with the confidence that you need to face an emergency situation when it happens. Most people panic and freeze, not because they don’t care or aren’t compassionate, but rather because they simply have no frame of reference for where to begin and how to get started.  

Save Someone You Love

Speaking of an emergency situation, what if that person who finds themself in an emergency is someone you care deeply about — a partner, a family member, a friend? One of the most tragic situations that anyone can ever face is the death or injury of a loved one in their presence and the burning, consuming question, “Is there something more I could have done?”

In most cases, the tough truth is, yes, you could have done more. However, you can only be expected to step up and perform if you have the confidence, the training, and the resources you need in the moment that you need them. 

CPR certification empowers you to protect the wellbeing, and possibly even the life, of your loved ones in all kinds of emergency situations, including choking, unconsciousness, heart attacks, and more.

Learn Something New

Sure, learning CPR grants you a lot of important skills and knowledge that can save a life under certain circumstances. However, for lots of people, the value placed on gaining new knowledge is enough to entice them to sign up for a CPR class and get their certifications.

CPR certification is a great way to justify exploring your curiosity, learning something new, and feeling confident that the time you invested into learning is time well spent — time that might make all the difference for someone in your life down the road.

Make A Difference

Assuming that you are the person who finds themself in an emergency medical situation where a working knowledge of CPR and the confidence to get started assisting someone, you immediately become a difference maker, whether you like it or not. If you have the tools to assess and assist while help is on the way, you might just be giving that person the greatest gift they have received — a second chance at life.

Get CPR Certified With In-Pulse CPR Today 

Have we convinced you yet? If not, we encourage you to keep exploring your curiosity about CPR with the knowledge that you can have fun while training up, prepare yourself to protect your loved ones, and become a difference maker for the better in a knife’s edge situation where a life may be on the line. When you’re ready, sign up for one of our CPR certification courses at a location near you in Florida, Minnesota, or Pennsylvania.

A Brief History Of CPR

CPR courses are organized and taught to help provide medical professionals, first responders, caregivers, and everyday people the training and tools to help resuscitate an unresponsive person. But how did the medical science behind resuscitating people develop over time to become a well-researched and highly effective method of saving lives that just about anybody can learn to do?


In today’s blog from In-Pulse CPR, we will take a look at that extraordinary story, highlighting some of the eye-brow raising and awe-inspiring moments and individuals along the way. Read on to learn more, or if you are interested in signing up for a CPR course near you, then check out our list of scheduled CPR courses in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota today.

Early Understandings About Resuscitation

For centuries, medical professionals struggled with discerning the best methods for resuscitating an incapacitated person. Oftentimes, an unresponsive person was found by someone else, and a doctor or nurse couldn’t even be sure what had happened. Were they knocked unconscious? Did they suffer from a heart attack or stroke?

Without knowledge of the cause of incapacitation, medical professionals were left with little more than guesses about how to revive someone. Over centuries worth of experimentation, burning people with a brand, whipping them with stinging nettle branches, and using strong-smelling powders and liquids were all tried with varying success.

Ultimately, however, the need to address resuscitating people who were known to have drowned became the springboard for the creation of modern CPR.

In 1740, the Academie des Sciences in Paris officially recommended mouth to mouth resuscitation for reviving victims of drowning. Enough success was seen with this method around Europe that mouth to mouth resuscitation began being used in more and more circumstances.

By the mid-1800s, various medical practitioners such as Marshal Hall and Henry Silvester had added in compression and body pressure techniques that became widely emulated. This combined with research being done on animals began to run people on to the idea that manufactured respiration and circulation were powerful tools for keeping people alive or resuscitating them from unconsciousness. 

For the next 75 years or so, more and more research corroborated that respiration and circulation were fundamental to keeping someone alive. However, despite some evidence that non-surgical heart massage was effective, many doctors continued to practice open-chest heart massage techniques. 

The Creation Of The AHA

In 1924, six cardiologists met in Chicago and created the American Heart Association, establishing the organization that would come to stand at the forefront of research, teaching, and information on cardiovascular care in the United States.

Today, this organization creates the standards and approves certifications for all of the credible CPR courses and training in the country.

The Creation Of CPR

The decade between 1951 and 1961 would see some huge advancements in the technology, understanding, and practice of life-saving resuscitation measures practiced in the United States. Here is a brief highlight of those events:

  • 1950: The AHA keeps researchers, journalists, and doctors abreast of the latest in cardiological research when it begins to publish and distribute its scientific journal, Circulation.
  • 1954: Dr. James Elam proves that even expelled air still contains enough oxygen to sustain life for a short period of time.
  • 1956: Dr. Elam and Dr. Peter Safar — two pioneers in respiration research — continue to work on spreading and training healthcare providers on the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation method.
  • 1956: A study funded by the AHA demonstrates the viability of using external defibrillators to stabilize tremoring hearts.
  • 1957: The U.S. armed forces adopt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation training into their first aid manuals.
  • 1957: A team from Johns Hopkins develops the first portable external defibrillator. This grandfather of the modern AED weighed about 200 pounds.
  • 1960: Dr. Safar works with two other doctors — Dr. William Kouwenhoven and Dr. James Jude — to add chest compressions to the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation currently being practiced and creating the first form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. The AHA quickly begins organizing structured training.

Developing CPR For The Right Situations

Since those doctors established the basis of contemporary CPR and the AHA began organizing CPR courses, CPR fundamentals have changed a bit, and specialized forms of CPR courses for pediatric, advanced life-support, and neonatal resuscitation have been developed, allowing for CPR to be used appropriately in a wide range of circumstances. 

Sign Up For A CPR Course With In-Pulse CPR Today

Today, the AHA sponsors, organizes, or provides CPR courses for over 22 million people each year, and In-Pulse CPR is helping in that mission with CPR courses endorsed by the AHA in three different states: Florida, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. Sign up for your CPR course today, and be ready to help save a life when an emergency strikes.

COVID-19: Is CPR training an essential service?

The new virus concerns make locking down community activity a priority to help contain it.  But what about those essential services that need to continue to operate in midst of those concerns?  When we think about ‘essential’ what comes to mind…    

Fire fighters, police departments, grocery stores, nurses / doctors.  Did you know that there is a shortage of medical personnel to help deal with this epidemic?  Because of this shortage, hospitals are calling on prior staff (semi-retired, seasonal, contracted) to return to work.  All of these retired healthcare workers reentering the workforce require a non-expired and valid CPR certification that companies like In-Pulse CPR provide.  

CPR training companies, like In-Pulse CPR, are an essential service.  We are one key to the puzzle to help make the system function.  We continue to hold classes and take every precaution possible to ensure we are not contributing to the problem.

One of the new challenges our training company is now dealing with is finding classroom space when many public venues are closing their doors to the public.  If you know of any classroom spaces we can use (for a reasonable fee) please let me know.

Troy Bowman, VP/CFO