First Aid/CPR/AED Training
The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.
Participants in AED-only courses must have current Red Cross certification or the equivalent.
Course lengths vary depending on course components included. They may last from less than 1 hour to just over 5 hours.
- Describe how to recognize an emergency and size up the scene.
- Explain how to activate and work with the emergency medical services (EMS) system.
- Understand legal concepts as they apply to lay responders, including consent and the purpose of Good Samaritan laws.
- Identify how to reduce the risk of disease transmission when giving care.
- Demonstrate how to check a person who is responsive for life-threatening and non-life-threatening conditions.
- Explain how to check an injured or ill person who appears to be unresponsive.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and describe appropriate first aid care for a person who is showing these signs and symptoms.
- Describe the links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival.
- Demonstrate CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for a person who is in cardiac arrest.
- Demonstrate first aid care for a person who is choking.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of shock and describe appropriate first aid care for a person who is showing these signs and symptoms.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following sudden illnesses: breathing emergencies, diabetic emergencies, seizures, fainting and stroke.
- Describe methods used to control external bleeding, including the application of direct pressure and the application of a commercial tourniquet.
- Demonstrate the application of direct pressure to control external bleeding.
- Explain when a commercial tourniquet should be used, and describe the basic principles of using a tourniquet.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following injuries: burns; muscle, bone and joint injuries; and head, neck and spinal injuries, including concussion.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following environmental injuries and illnesses: heat-related illnesses, cold-related illnesses and poisoning.
The following optional modules can be taught separately or added to any course:
- Asthma Inhaler Training
- Epinephrine Auto Injector Training
- Tourniquet Application Training
- Bloodborne Pathogens Training
- Attend all class sessions.
- Participate in all course activities.
- Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
- Successfully complete the Putting It All Together Assessment Scenarios.
Certificate Issued and Validity Period
All First Aid/CPR/AED certifications, with the exception of Bloodborne Pathogens Training, are valid for 2 years from the date of course completion. Bloodborne Pathogens Training certification is valid for 1 year from the date of course completion. On successful completion of a course in the First Aid/CPR/AED program, participants receive American Red Cross certification specific to the course they completed.
Bloodborn Pathogens Training
This course teaches participants how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure and what to do if exposed to infectious material. This course helps to meet requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. After taking this course, participants should talk with their employer about their workplace’s specific policies and procedures.
- Define bloodborne pathogens.
- Identify the bloodborne pathogens of primary concern.
- List the ways bloodborne pathogens can enter a person’s body.
- Describe the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand washing in reducing the risk of bloodborne pathogens transmission.
- Identify work practices that help eliminate or reduce the risk of exposure.
- Learn how to remove disposable gloves properly.
- List procedures to follow if exposure occurs.
To receive a completion certificate, participants must attend the entire Bloodborne Pathogens Training classroom course.
Certificate Issued and Validity Period
Bloodborne Pathogens Training: 1 year