Performing CPR

Reasons To Become CPR Certified

Knowing life-saving skills can come in handy in all kinds of situations. When you or someone around you is in an emergency, you can be the one to step up and help. Here are a few of the top reasons to become CPR certified.

Save a Life

It may seem like an obvious point, but being CPR certified does equip you with the tools and know-how to save a life in an emergency. Whether you are administering CPR compressions or operating an AED machine, you will be able to provide essential first aid to those around you. Most emergencies happen at home or work—these are the places most of us spend much of our day-to-day life. However, it takes time for emergency responders to arrive. By performing CPR, you can keep a person alive long enough for them to receive full-scale medical attention.

Everyone Can Learn CPR

Though you need to take a class to learn CPR and become certified, it is an easy thing to learn. But just because it’s simple does not mean it’s something you should take less seriously. Consider signing up for a class in your local area and adding this skill to your resume. In the months and years after your certification, try refreshing your memory with online tutorials and videos so that you never lose the skill.

Not Enough People Are Certified

The unfortunate reality is that there are too many people not certified in CPR. Because emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere, it is essential that as many people as possible get certified. By taking a CPR class and becoming certified, you take responsibility for those around you and can encourage others to become certified as well. 

Take these reasons to become CPR certified to heart, and learn how to save a life. If you are looking for hands-on CPR and AED certification in NYC, contact a member of our team at Frontline Health today.

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COVID-19 and CPR, What we are doing to protect you.

UPDATE: As of April 8th at 8:00PM We ARE OPEN for all regularly scheduled BLS Provider CPR AED courses for Healthcare Providers and all Medical Professionals, Pharmacists, Hospital Staff, and Hospital Support Staff.

Register for a BLS Provider CPR course or a BLS Provider Renewal Course.

UPDATE: Beginning May 1 at 10:00am We will reopen for layperson CPR and CPR First Aid classes for all essential workers and anyone who needs to complete a CPR certification course as part of their job requirements.

Register for a CPR AED course or a combo First Aid CPR AED course.

At Frontline Health CPR Training, the safety of our students and instructors is our utmost concern. We are taking precautions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission during CPR classes to make sure you have a safe training environment. We train according to, and use equipment that meets the standards of the American Red Cross and American Heart Association. All classes are now limited to at most 12 participants.

Whenever possible we use single use disposable equipment. Some equipment such as CPR manikins and AED training devices are used repeatedly. All equipment is thoroughly sanitized after every single use according to the manufacturers recommendations and CDC guidelines for infection control.

Each student in our training center will have their own sanitized CPR Manikin, CPR Pocket mask, and single use one way valve. Our students will not have to share equipment with other students.

You will NOT be asked to put your mouth directly on a Manikin.

Classroom surfaces, door knobs, and other touch points are cleaned after every training session.

All participants and instructors are encouraged to practice good hygiene, including hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after the course, and before and after snack or meal breaks.

We encourage social distancing. Students are asked to spread out and keep 6 feet of space between each other at all times.

We encourage students to wear a mask or face covering during the class.

We encourage students to stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If a scheduled student has identified symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), they are advised to not attend a training class. You will be able to postpone your class for any reason and will NOT have to pay to reschedule.

We encourage you to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

We encourage you to cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

Our classrooms are stocked with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes for your use during CPR class.

If you have any questions or concerns please call or text 212-983-5389 or email us at shane@frontlinehealth.com

For more info on COVID-19 please refer to the CDC recommendations

According to the American Heart Association, Cardiac arrest kills more than 350,000 people a year in the Unites States alone. We encourage everyone to be trained in CPR and how to use and AED device. Learn to save a life! Take a CPR certification class today.

Hypothermia

Brrr! How to recognize and treat hypothermia!

Living in New York means enduring harsh winters, including snow, freezing wind and icy sidewalks. To protect yourself from serious injury, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of HYPOTHERMIA.

Protect yourself – what you need to know!

What is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body loses too much heat. It can be fatal.

Who’s at Risk for Hypothermia?

Everyone can experience hypothermia with prolonged exposure to cold weather.

Even if the weather is NOT cold, a person can STILL get hypothermia if they are wet, wearing wet clothing or exposed to wind.

Children, the Elderly and People with Poor Circulation are especially at risk.

What are the Symptoms of Hypothermia?

A patient experiencing hypothermia may:

become drowsy; indifferent; disoriented or confused.

develop a “glassy stare.”

start shivering, but shivering may stop as the body temperature decreases… if a patient stops shivering, this may be a sign that she needs immediate medical care.

The person may stop responding or need CPR (a 911 operator can tell you how to give CPR).

How do you care for Hypothermia?

Do:

Call 9-1-1

Move the person to a warmer place.

Remove wet clothing and dry the person (remember that wet skin worsens hypothermia!)

Help the person warm up gradually by helping him put on dry clothing (including a hat, gloves and socks) and wrapping him in a blanket.

Don’t:

Don’t pour hot water on him or throw him into a hot bath or shower. (This can be dangerous! – rapidly re-warming a hypothermia victim can cause dangerous heart rhythms! Remember to warm the patient gradually).

Don’t give alcohol or coffee. (Instead, try small sips of a warm beverage like broth or water).

Empower yourself with real knowledge on how to respond to hypothermia and other emergencies – Take a First Aid CPR certification class Today!

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How can I tell if someone needs CPR?

Your friend collapses at the gym and becomes unconscious!

A bunch of people run over, but no one seems to know how to help… Should you begin CPR?

These situations can often be scary. To help you remember what to do, it’s best to keep things simple:

No Response + No Regular Breathing = NEEDS CPR

That’s it. If you remember that simple equation, you can remember how to act when someone collapses. Let’s break this down a bit more:

“Response” means a patient moves, blinks, speaks, or otherwise reacts when you tap on his shoulders and ask if their okay.

“Breathing” means a patient’s chest moves up and down smoothly, quietly, and rhythmically.

Warning!   “Gasping” is not breathing. If you find someone who is unresponsive, and irregularly gasping – they need CPR.

How do I perform CPR?

If you see someone collapse…

Check Response: Tap-and-Shout on their shoulders to see if they respond. If no response…

Check Breathing:  Look at the chest for 10 seconds to see if it rises and falls normally. If no breathing or only gasping…

Call: or send someone else to call 911 and get an AED (defibrillator)

Care: Begin hands only CPR by putting the heel of one hand in the center of the chest between the nipples. Place your second hand on top of the first and lock your fingers together. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until the patient wakes up or a CPR certified individual arrives and takes over. If an AED (defibrillator) arrives, turn it on and follow the voice and visual prompts – the machine will tell you exactly what to do!

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Empower yourself with real knowledge on how to respond to an emergency Take a CPR certification class Today!

Scales of Justice

Do I need to ask for permission to give CPR or First Aid?

When you take a CPR or First Aid class, you typically are taught about the rules of consent.  This is a formal term which means “asking for permission.” The basic premise is that people have a right to decide what happens to their bodies (the fancy term for this is “personal autonomy.”) Therefore, it’s considered unethical (and potentially illegal) to provide care to someone without permission.

How do I ask for consent to provide care?

  • If someone is above the age of 18 and is awake, simply ask them if you can help. Tell them who you are, what level of training you have, explain what you plan to do and ask if you can help.
  • If the victim is under the age of 18, ask a parent or guardian for permission on the child’s behalf.

What if someone is unconscious – do I need to ask for consent?

  • No. When a patient above the age of 18 is unresponsive, you can help the patient even without explicit consent. This is called implied consent – meaning, we assume that, had the patient been awake, he would’ve wanted our help.

What if the child has no guardian present – who do I ask for consent?

  • If there is no parent or guardian present, and you are faced with a minor who is suffering a life-threatening emergency, you are permitted to help that minor without obtaining consent – this is called implied consent – meaning, we assume that, had the parents been present, they would’ve granted us permission to help their child.

To learn more about consent and how to help in an emergency enroll in a First Aid CPR AED course.