scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: AHA vs. ARC
William Sheehan, Jr. (w.sheehan.jr@POSTOFFICE.WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Mon Jul 17 2000 - 17:24:07 CDT
From: James Walker <wwwalker@IX.NETCOM.COM> said:
>At the most basic level, AHA offers a simple CPR class that does not
>students to view videos, take a test or even practice skills on a
>The instructor may include these elements in the class but they are not
>required to receive a card.
In short: Not on the syllabus used at the hospital I work at!! I recertified
in April and it clearly indicates that we must watch several video tapes and
demonstrate on an adult, child AND infant dummy before being given my card.
I am not a health care professional (nor do I play one on TV) but there was
quite a bit of grumbling by the folks at my table, all of whom were RN's
(some on the trauma / code team) that they wasted a half day watching video
tapes they could have taught. (They allow one computer geek per class so
they have someone to laugh at...) Perhaps this is new, but the AHA course
was very rigid. We also had a written test. This was not ALS, either.