Why Do You Need CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, performed properly and promptly can help victims survive until the ambulance personnel trained in advanced medical techniques arrive on the scene. Almost two thirds of deaths from heart attacks occur before the victim reaches a hospital. Many of these deaths can be prevented if victims received prompt help.
Should You Make The Commitment to Learn CPR
Perhaps a loved one suffers from heart disease. Maybe your job handles medical emergencies. No matter what your reason, it is important to realize that just knowing how to properly perform CPR will make you a more useful member of your community. Brain death occurs within 4-6 minutes after the heart stops beating. Speed in starting CPR and calling 911 is the key to helping save lives.
OK, So You Say You Want to Learn CPR
Here are a few things to get you started. First, you need to go to the American Heart Association web page and pick the class you wish to take (see descriptions below)
On this page you will be able to find a description of available CPR classes depending on your background and experience.as well as search for classes near you. A popular option is the Elearning course where you complete the learning online at your convenience and can complete at your own pace. After you complete the online class, print your certificate and call the Zion Fire and Rescue Department at (847) 746-4038 to schedule a skill check. The cost for the skill check is $35. During the skills check we will answer any questions you have and upon successful completion of the skills check we will submit your information for a CPR eCard. Due to the availability of eLearning we are no longer providing regularly scheduled classes in-house. If you have any questions related to our CPR program, do not hesitate to contact us (847) 746-4038.
The Heartsaver AED course teaches CPR, AED use and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. It also includes the use of barrier devices for victims of all ages. Hands on skills are performed in a low stress, watch and return demonstrate environment. No written exam is given and a course completion card is issued for successful skills demonstration.
Heartsaver AED/First Aid
The Heartsaver AED/First Aid course teaches CPR, AED use and relief of choking for adults and children. Students will also learn how to manage illnesses and injuries in the first few minutes before professional help arrives. In addition to CPR and AED use, course content includes general principles of first aid, medical emergencies, injury emergencies and environmental emergencies. A course completion card is issued for successful classroom participation.
BLS for Healthcare Providers
This course covers core material such as adult and pediatric CPR, two rescuer scenarios, use of bag valve mask, foreign body airway obstructions, AED, and barrier devices. A course completion card is issued for successfully completing a written and skills exam.