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What First Aid, CPR – AED Class Do I Need?

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Wait, What!?

You would think that this question “What First Aid, CPR/AED Class Do I Need?” would be fairly straight forward, but considering that many individuals are seeing the value of emergency medical response classes and seeking a class for the first time, or maybe there is an employer who has tasked a well meaning co-worker with finding a class for the team; it can all get a bit overwhelming!

There are a myriad of options and providers, and of course everyone has a program to sell, but our goal is to simplify the process and give you as much of an unbiased opinion as possible.

Let’s break it down…

Providers

As far as Northwest Response is concerned (slightly biased) there are three trusted providers in Health & Safety Training on a national scale: The American Red Cross,  ASHI/HSI-Medic, and AHA (The American Heart Association).  All of these programs are partner to the OSHA Alliance, and are accepted Nationally.

The next questions you should ask:

Will the program work for me?  Is it what I want to learn?  What program has our team used in the past? What program does my employer require?

Some employers want a specific provider such as The American Red Cross, HSI-Medic, ASHI, or AHA, so the first step is to  find out which program the employer wants to utilize, then move on to the options below to determine what class is the best one to fulfill your specific needs.

Note: If you are just wanting to learn “how to respond” then take any Adult First Aid, CPR/AED Training course that is both convenient and fits your budget.  And be sure to do your homework on the “provider/trainer’s” qualifications.

Classes

There are basically only a few levels of First Aid, CPR/AED training classes, and Northwest Response covers the entire spectrum.  Below are all of the classes that Northwest Response offers, but if you need an AHA class; please visit the AHA website after you have read this post (link provided below).

Northwest Response Offerings:

  • Red Cross CPR/AED Training
  • Red Cross Adult First Aid, CPR/AED Training
  • HSI-Medic Basic Plus Adult First Aid, CPR, AED
  • Red Cross Pediatric and Adult First Aid, CPR/AED Training
  • Red Cross CPRO- CPR/AED & First Aid for The Professional Responder & Healthcare Providers.
  • Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • HSI-Medic Bloodborne Pathogen Training
Confused?  Don’t be, lets break it down one more level.

This next set of answers should cover all you need to know about “First Aid/CPR/AED” training, and what class you need.

All I need or want is CPR:
  • Take The American Red Cross –  Northwest Response CPR/AED Training Class
My Job requires me to have a “basic” First Aid, CPR/AED card, and/or I just want to be able to respond to medical emergencies.
  • Take either the American Red Cross – Northwest Response Adult First Aid, CPR/AED Training, or
  • Northwest Response HSI-Medic Basic Plus Adult First Aid, CPR, AED Class
I work with children, have children, or want to know how to care for children.
  • Take the American Red Cross – Northwest Response Pediatric and Adult First Aid, CPR/AED Training Class
I am a Professional.  I work in Healthcare, or I’m a Professional Responder i.e. LE- Law Enforcement, EMT, Firemen, Nurse, CNA, Care Giver, Dental Assistant, etc.
  • Take The American Red Cross – Northwest Response CPRO- CPR/AED & First Aid for The Professional Responder & Healthcare Providers.
I’m required to have Bloodborne Pathogens Training as part of my job.
  • Take either The American Red Cross – Northwest Response Bloodborne Pathogen Training, or
  • Northwest Response – HSI-Medic Bloodborne Pathogen Training Class.

That’s pretty much it. Really.

If you have a more advanced need such as EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) then please drop us a line from our contact page.

Words of advice:

Some companies train to comply.  Some companies train Responders.  Here at Northwest Response we train Responders.  Please do your homework!  Check references, read testimonials, ask questions, and when you feel confident in the trainer you have selected; book that class!

The training you or your staff receive could mean the difference between life and death, literally.

We hope that the above helped to solve some of your provider and class questions.  If you still have questions, we are here to answer them.  Call us during business hours, or drop us a line from our contact page, and we will be happy to assist you to become a “First Responder.”

Additional Links:

HSI-Medic, ASHI

The American Heart Association