scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Red Cross .vs. AHA Certification?
James Walker (wwwalker@IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Jul 16 2000 - 03:23:42 CDT
Both organizations offer great classes that are well suited for Scout and
Scouter training but their are differences....
At the most basic level, AHA offers a simple CPR class that does not require
students to view videos, take a test or even practice skills on a mannequin.
The instructor may include these elements in the class but they are not
required to receive a card. This class has been taught in as little as 60
minutes though the recommended length is about 4 hours. This class can be
good or very poor depending on the instructor... There is no "nationally
recognized standard" for this class. Many fire departments and hospitals
offer this level of training to "citizen responders".... It is short,
inexpensive and may be very well suited to your needs. The "has attended"
card is "valid" for two years. Check out http://www.americanheart.org/ for
more information on AHA classes.
May people confuse the professional "Advanced Life Support" classes with the
"Basic CPR Training" courses offered by the AHA. They are not at all the
same and have completely different objectives and target audiences. The ALS
classes are usually very good... the basic classes are sometimes not very
The most basic ARC class offered for "citizen responders" includes adult CPR
and responding to emergencies skills. This class is video driven and
requires a written test. Practice and skills evaluation on a mannequin are
also required. The instructor must follow a "nationally recognized standard"
and the quality of the class is not so dependent on the instructor. This
class requires a minimum of 4 hours to complete. The "has completed" card is
good for only one year. The fees for this class vary from chapter to chapter
but are almost always higher that the AHA class. Check out
http://www.redcross.org/ for more information on ARC classes...Also check
out our site at www.scoutcpr.org
Which is best?... I depends! I would suggest that your check out both
programs that are offered in your area... a training organization that
"promises" an AHA card for a one hour class may not meet your needs or
expatiations.... An ARC class that you can not afford isn't going to help
Find a training organization that you like and get trained.... then stay
J.W. Walker, ASM-Venture,
T777,The Woodlands, TX
I use to be an OWL, SC373