The right CPR provider has to have (1) quality training curricula, (2) affordable rates and fees, (3) conducive learning environment to be the called the best. At San Francisco CPR, you get all three and then some. We have a large range of programs available, both in basic and advanced training. We also have re-certification programs available to rescuers with training credentials that are about to expire.
When CPR is given within the first four minutes of cardiac arrest, it can drastically raise survival rates by as much as 40 percent. This statistic becomes very important, because 88 percent of cardiac arrests that happen outside of a hospital setting actually happen at home. Most people often panic whenever a person collapses, but it management is given immediately, the victim can recover and walk away without any debilitating complications.
CPR is done by compressing the chest at a rate of at least 100 per minute. A ratio of 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths is the standard for giving CPR, taught in all CPR training programs at San Francisco CPR. Chest compressions manually send blood through the body, as well as try to restart the heart. Rescue breaths give oxygen to the blood, as respiratory arrest usually follows a heart attack.
Becoming a rescuer
The AHA (American Heart Association) and its affiliates train millions of rescuers each year. At San Francisco CPR, we certify all our students once they complete training with 100 percent attendance and passing grades on all of the exams (pre-tests and the certification exam). Our CPR training credentials have a validity period of 24 months before they have to be renewed.
Re-certification classes are offered for three of our programs: Basic Life Support for HCPs, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Only rescuers whose credentials are still valid can take re-certification classes. If your training certificate has expired, you will have to retake the training program.
Studying a CPR program
At San Francisco CPR, we offer eight training courses to students. Three of these are re-certification classes while the rest are basic and advanced training programs. They range from single, four-hour training sessions to two-day long programs. Our basic programs do not require anything from trainees, however, we require students in the advanced programs to fulfill the following requirements:
- Advanced programs are only for HCPs – healthcare professionals.
- There is a pre-test that is composed of a skills and written test that the student has to pass
- We require HCPs to train in Basic Life Support for HCPs before they can begin ACLS or PALS training.
Basic CPR training
- Heartsaver CPR – general public program, 4 hrs.
- Heartsaver CPR C – HCP program, 4.5 hrs.
- Basic Life Support for HCPs – 4.5 hrs.
Advanced CPR training
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support – HCP program, 16 hours
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support – HCP program, 14 hours
- Basic Life Support for HCPs re-certification – 4 hrs.
- ACLS re-certification – 5/6 hrs.
- PALS re-certification – 6/8 hrs.