We get a lot of questions about how we’re handling safe CPR training during COVID, today we’re going to answer some of them. Dealing with the risks associated with COVID-19 is now a part of everyday life. We are all doing our best to wash and sanitize our hands, stay 6 feet apart from each other, and wear face coverings. But if you are in the process of getting certified or recertified by AHA, then you know that typical resuscitation practices break many COVID safety guidelines. Before going out into the world to save lives, you will need to be certified, and figuring out how to do that safely is what we’re going to talk about.
In-Person CPR Classes
Even during COVID we do offer some traditional classes with live instructors. The big difference now is that we limit each class to 3-4 students to allow for social distancing. We have also put disinfecting practices into place. Specifically, wiping down all equipment and surfaces at the beginning and end of every class. We also require all students and instructors to wear masks and gloves. Finally, students will not put their mouths near the manikins at any time. Instead they will use the phrase “Breath, Breath” to indicate when breaths should be given.
Blended Learning Options
The AHA requires students to go through some practical training to issue an eCard. All of our students come into a Code One testing site for at least some time. To limit this time, we offer two ways to complete the cognitive portion of the class online.
Virtual Instructor Led Training – which is a live online class with one of our instructors.
BEACON – which is the self-paced online AHA Heartcode course.
Completing the practical testing on BEACON is safe and easy:
After arriving at Code One students will contact their instructor using the link in the appointment confirmation email. This is just to get into the office, once inside, the instructor will be on the main screen to direct the appointment.
No other students are allowed in the room during testing either, so the student will be alone in the office. This is another safety feature of our Skills Sessions.
Students are also required to wear a face covering and gloves the entire time they are in the office. Students will not put their mouths on the manikins. Instead they will use the phrase, “Breath, Breath” to indicate when breaths should be given if in a class room. If they’re on our BEACON platform students will use a Bag Valve Mask.
Finally, students will be asked to wipe down all equipment and surfaces at the beginning and end of every appointment with cleaning materials provided in the office.
Code One takes the safety of our staff and students very seriously, and we encourage others to do the same. You can help us keep our facilities safe by keeping yourself healthy before you come in, and by following our safety guidelines once you arrive