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Which CPR/AED or First Aid Training Should You Choose?

We are offering training for individuals and groups and are an Authorized American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Provider for:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED
  • First Aid
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training

CPR/AED and First Aid training can empower you with the necessary skills to deliver life-saving help in an emergency situation.

If you enroll in a CPR/AED and First Aid certification class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Administer Adult, Child and Infant CPR
  • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Recognize sudden illness and other emergency situations so you can provide the appropriate care to the victim
  • Assist conscious and unconscious choking victims

During a training class, you’ll receive both hands-on and classroom training to teach you to administer critical assistance in an emergency situation.

When you successfully complete an AHA or ASHI training class, you’ll receive a certification card and a certificate that will remain valid for two years.

Accreditation and Recognition

AHSI is a nationally accredited organization of the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education. High-quality training programs and quality assurance ensure that ASHI emergency care training programs have a respectable standing inside and outside the United States.

ASHI’s CPR, AED and First Aid training programs are equivalent to the programs offered by both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC). ASHI is a recognized major sponsor of CPR training programs.

WHAT IS AHA CPR TRAINING?

The AHA is the leader in CPR education in the United States and continues to explore ways to empower individuals with life-saving skills to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease.  Since 1924, the AHA has been committed to providing public health education to individuals across the United States.  When an individual successfully completes an AHA training class, they become a life-saver in the community.

The AHA has CPR courses for all needs, whether it be for the layperson or for healthcare providers.  Currently, the AHA dominates the market for healthcare provider training.  This includes Basic Life Support (BLS – CPR for Healthcare Providers), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).  It has been our experience that most hospitals will not accept an advanced healthcare certification if it is not from the AHA.

WHAT IS ARC CPR TRAINING?

For more than a century the American Red Cross has prepared individuals and organizations to be prepared in an emergency situation. Each year millions of people are trained in First Aid, CPR and AED, resulting in lives saved at home, business and school.

WHAT IS ASHI CPR TRAINING?

The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) offers CPR/AED and First Aid training at the same levels as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC), BUT is it legitimate training?

Some people may not have heard of the American Safety and Health Institute, but it is gaining more and more popularity throughout the world and it is internationally recognized.  Additionally, the United States Coast Guard has endorsed ASHI training.

ASHI CPR/AED and First Aid classes are based on American Heart Association guidelines – the same as other training courses.

ASHI CPR/AED and First Aid certification is valid for two years – the same as the AHA, and also offers CPR/AED certification at the same levels as the AHA and ARC.

IS ASHI CERTIFICATION LEGITIMATE?

  1. ASHI CPR/AED TRAINING PROGRAMS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF MANY AGENCIES. 
    ASHI CPR/AED training programs satisfy the requirements of thousands of state regulatory and occupational licensing boards.
  2. ASHI CPR/AED TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE BASED ON AHA STANDARDS AND TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS. 
    The AHA serves as a leading provider of CPR training programs and ASHI CPR/AED and First Aid training programs follow AHA standards and treatment recommendations.
  3. ASHI CPR/AED TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE HELPED EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDERS IN A NUMBER OF SECTORS. 
    To date, ASHI CPR/AED and First Aid training programs have helped emergency care providers in many sectors, including those in business, in the healthcare industry as well as the general public.

THE BOTTOM LINE

ARC, AHA and ASHI training classes are all very similar.  You need to make the right choice about which training program is right for you and/or your organization.

Remember, many times it’s not the training program – AHA, ARC or ASHI – that make the difference in the quality of your training, but instead the instructor who is teaching the class. Not all CPR/AED and First Aid instructors are the same.

Here are some things to consider when making a decision about which instructor to choose for your training.

Does the instructor . . .

  • Have knowledge about CPR/AED and First Aid?
  • Take time to answer students questions?
  • Give students feedback and direction while they are learning life-saving skills?
  • Have good presenting skills and keep the attention of class participants?
  • Have a proven track record of successful training classes?
  • Create an environment that is conducive to learning?
  • Have enough equipment and training materials for each class participant?
  • Have a schedule that is flexible enough to work with you to plan on-site classes at your location on a day and time that is convenient for you?
  • Offer training at reasonable prices, so that individuals and organizations don’t overspend for training?

Laws and Regulations

The American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) closely monitors laws and regulations affecting emergency care training programs. They work diligently to ensure that training programs not only help people learn critical, potentially life-saving skills and knowledge, but also that they comply with all relevant laws and regulations designed to protect those who give immediate life-saving care as well as the general public.

For more information on establishing a Workplace First Aid Program, see the OSHA publication, Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program - OSHA.

From: Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA 3317-06N
Sudden injuries or illnesses, some of which may be life-threatening, occur at work. The OSHA First Aid standard (29 CFR 1910.151) requires trained first-aid providers at all workplaces of any size if there is no “infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees.”In addition to first-aid requirements of 29 CFR 1910.151, several OSHA standards also require training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) because sudden cardiac arrest from asphyxiation, electrocution, or exertion may occur. CPR may keep the victim alive until EMS arrives to provide the next level of medical care. However, survival from this kind of care is low, only 5-7%, according to the American Heart Association. The OSHA standards requiring CPR training are:

  • 1910.146 Permit-required Confined Spaces
  • 1910.266 Appendix B: Logging Operations – First-Aid and CPR Training
  • 1910.269 Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution 8
  • 1910.410 Qualifications of Dive Team
  • 1926.950 Construction Subpart V, Power Transmission and Distribution

If an employee is expected to render first aid as part of his or her job duties, the employee is covered by the requirements of the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). This standard includes specific training requirements.

A few of the medical emergency procedures mentioned in this guide as first aid may be considered medical treatment for OSHA recordkeeping purposes. The OSHA Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation (29 CFR 1904) provides specific definitions of first aid and medical treatment. If a medical emergency procedure which is considered by 29 CFR 1904 to be medical treatment is performed on an employee with an occupational injury or illness, then the injury or illness will be regarded as recordable on the OSHA 300 Log.

The training program should be designed for the specific worksite and include first-aid instruction for the management of the following:

Wounds

  • Assessment and first aid for wounds including abrasions, cuts, lacerations, punctures, avulsions, amputations and crush injuries;
  • Principles of wound care, including infection precautions;
  • Principles of body substance isolation, universal precautions and use of personal protective equipment.

Burns

  • Assessing the severity of a burn;
  • Recognizing whether a burn is thermal, electrical, or chemical and the appropriate first aid;
  • Reviewing corrosive chemicals at a specific worksite, along with appropriate first aid.

Temperature Extremes

  • Exposure to cold, including frostbite and hypothermia;
  • Exposure to heat, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Fractures;
  • Sprains, strains, contusions and cramps;
  • Head, neck, back and spinal injuries;
  • Appropriate handling of amputated body parts.

Eye injuries

  • First aid for eye injuries;
  • First aid for chemical burns.

Mouth and Teeth Injuries

  • Oral injuries; lip and tongue injuries; broken and missing teeth;
  • The importance of preventing aspiration of blood and/or teeth.

Bites and Stings

  • Human and animal bites;
  • Bites and stings from insects; instruction in first-aid treatment of anaphylactic shock.

Employers are required by OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.151 to have a person or persons adequately trained to render first aid for worksites that are not in near proximity to an infirmary, clinic, or hospital.

It is advised that the first-aid program for a particular workplace be designed to reflect the known and anticipated risks of the specific work environment. Consultation with local emergency medical experts and providers of first-aid training is encouraged when developing a first-aid program.

The program must comply with all applicable OSHA standards and regulations. (See section on OSHA Requirements.) OSHA requires certain employers to have CPR-trained rescuers on site.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a potential risk at all worksites, regardless of the type of work. Serious consideration should be given to establishing a workplace AED program.

First-aid supplies must be available in adequate quantities and be readily accessible.

First-aid training courses should include instruction in general and workplace hazard-specific knowledge and skills. CPR training should incorporate AED training if an AED is available at the worksite. First-aid training should be repeated periodically to maintain and update knowledge and skills.

Management commitment and worker involvement is vital in developing, implementing and assessing a workplace first-aid program.

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