CPR certification is an important part of being a health care professional, and it’s also not a bad investment for everyone else. Skills taught in cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification courses can mean life or death.
CPR Certification in the 21st Century
Traditionally, certification courses for CPR, ACLS, PALS and other training health care professionals need to do their jobs consist of scheduling time to go to a physical in-person class. This meant juggling work and personal life to fit it in as well as “finding a class” – a phrase that often is synonymous with “if you’re lucky, you’ll find a class dependent upon the schedule and time requirements of someone else.”
Contributing to the occasionally inflexible experience of learning CPR, and getting additional training including re-certification were schools and employers that refused to recognize CPR and/or First Aid cards that were not issued by the American Heart Association or occasionally the Red Cross. There have been hybrid offerings from AHA and the Red Cross that allow people to complete “part of the courses” online, yet still requiring attendance in a scheduled classroom setting, or finding an instructor willing to charge extra to verify the skills portion outside a regularly scheduled class.
ACLS Medical Training is a company that offers flexible, high-quality training online and on demand.
CPR History in Brief
According to the AHA, The Paris Academy of Sciences first recommended resuscitating drowning victims by mouth-to-mouth means in 1740. It wasn’t until 1954 that expired air was proven to be a sufficient way to maintain adequate oxygenation by Dr. James Elam. The AHA credits Dr. Elam and Dr. Peter Safar with “inventing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” in 1956. In 1960, the AHA states “CPR was invented” as the organization first began a program to train the public and inform doctors of close-chest cardiac resuscitation techniques. Today CPR guidelines are determined by the AHA, and even courses taught by the Red Cross are based on AHA guidelines.
CPR Training in the 21st Century
ACLS Medical Training offers online classes that certify the public and health care professionals alike in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
The courses were written and reviewed by a team of physicians, nurses, and paramedics utilizing the most up to date recommendations and guidelines from the American Heart Association and current peer reviewed medical literature. The result is an impressively comprehensive yet concise set of courses written in simple easy to follow language.
In addition to the courses themselves, ACLS Medical Training provides resources such as provider manuals, practice tests, algorithms, mega code simulators, continuing education credits, an online provider card to print immediately as well as mailing out a physical provider card made of sturdy plastic, and a 100% money back guarantee. The company reports that their cards have been accepted in all 50 states and in over 80 countries.
I used ACLS Medical Training to recertify when my AHA Professional Rescuer Basic Life Support certification expired, and the experience exceeded my expectations. I found the training material to be direct and including only information necessary to perform successfully. The additional learning resources such as ECG basics, rhythm recognition, and other in depth extras were a pleasant and welcome surprise. Receiving a provider card made of sturdy plastic like a driver’s license or credit card felt oddly rewarding when compared to the flimsy, fragile paper cards issued by the AHA. The result of my efforts carried an acknowledgement with something more substantial than cheap paper.