FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q? What Is CPR?
Ans. The letters in CPR stand for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, a combination of rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) and chest compressions. If a person isn’t breathing or circulating blood adequately, CPR can restore circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes.
Q? What is a basic CPR class?
Ans. CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation In this class you will learn how to do CPR on a patient who is not breathing and does not have a pulse. There is no greater emergency. CPR has the effect of getting much-needed oxygen to the brain, where it can keep the nerves of the brain alive long enough for someone to get the patient’s heart beating again.
Q? Why should I learn CPR?
Ans. CPR is used to keep the brain alive until help arrives. Brain damage begins in 4 minutes without CPR and is usually completed in 10 minutes.
Q? What is Hands-Only CPR?
Ans. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse in the “out-of-hospital” setting. It consists of two steps: Call 911 (or send someone to do that). Begin providing high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest with minimal interruptions.
Q? What is First Aid?
First aid refers to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after the injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; treating bites and stings; and cleaning wounds and applying bandages and dressings, how to care for a broken bone. First aid also includes dealing with medical emergencies such as: diabetic shock, seizures, and heat and cold emergencies.
Q? What is an AED?
Ans. An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening abnormal heart rates in a patient. The AED is able to treat the patient by application of electrical shock which stops the abnormal heart beat allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. AEDs are designed to be simple so that anyone can use one. Proper use of an AED is taught in our CPR classes.
Q? What is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?
Ans. Most victims of sudden cardiac arrest have an abnormal heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation. The heart does not beat in a normal and coordinated manner and the blood does not circulate to the heart and brain. When this occurs, the pulse will stop. After the pulse stops, the breathing will cease as well.
Q? When do I receive my CPR card?
Ans. You will receive either your American Heart Association (AHA), Medic First Aid (MFA) or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) card upon payment and successful completion of the class.
Q? How long is the CPR card good for?
Ans. All AHA, MFA, and ASHI course cards are valid for two years.
Q? How long is the First Aid card good for?
Ans. All AHA, MFA and ASHI course cards are valid for two years.
Q? How do I pay for the class?
Ans. We accept credit cards, cash, money orders, or corporate checks. These MUST accompany your registration form PRIOR to the class date. Refunds will only be given if you notify the office that you are unable to attend your class 3 days prior to the class date. Refunds will NOT be given after the date of the class
Q? What should I wear?
Ans. The course involves lots of hands-on practice sessions, and you may be on the floor during practice. Wear something loose and comfortable that you can move around in, no low cut tops or low slung pants. If you have long hair it’s best to wear it back.
Q? Will there be a test?
Ans. This depends on the class that you have chosen. Please see the course description for the class you are interested in for this information or feel free to give us a call at
Q? Where are your classes held?
Ans. Our open enrollment classes are held at various conference rooms and facilities in the Central Coast. This allows us to provide CPR and first aid classes in multiple locations ensuring we will have a class that is convenient for you.
Q? Who teaches the courses?
Ans. All of our classes are taught by experienced instructors and medical professionals. All of our instructors are firefighters, paramedics, nurses or other medical professionals. With their individual backgrounds and training in emergency care. You can look forward to an interesting, educational, and fun experience. All instructors are always more than happy to answer any of your questions.
Q? Why choose Safety 1st Seminars?
Ans. When you choose Safety 1st Seminars you are choosing the best CPR and first aid instruction programs in California. We have the widest range of courses available. You are guaranteed to find a class that meets your needs or the needs of your organization. All of our classes are accredited by the American Heart Association, Medic First Aid and the American Safety and Health Institute. Feel free to compare our fees and the quality of our programs to the programs you are currently using and other programs offered in the area. In most cases, we can provide you with cost savings and less time out of your busy schedule.
Q? Will Safety 1st Seminars come to my office for a class?
Ans. YES! We are one of the only companies in the Central Coast of California that will come to your location for small group classes. We only have a eight student minimum for most of our classes. We do not charge any fees or travel expenses either! Contact us for more information on small group classes.
Q? Does Safety 1st Seminars have classes for individuals?
Ans. Yes, we offer almost all of our classes in an open enrollment format.
Q? What is the normal student to manikin ratio?
Ans. We have a minimum of a 3:1 student to manikin ratio and we strive to offer a 1:1 student to manikin ratio. This will allow you much more valuable practice time so you can master the skills of CPR.
Q? Will I have to put my mouth on a manikin?
Ans. Yes, but rest assured there will be no cross contamination. Every student receives a personal barrier device. Each manikin has disposable lungs that are used only once. All manikins are cleaned with an industrial grade disinfectant foaming spray between classes.
Q? How do I sign up for your weekly course?
Ans. Just call our office at (805) 928-SAFE. If we are not in the office someone, leave a meesage with a daytime phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Q? What if I have never taken CPR before.
Ans. No big deal. We make sure that each student leaves the classroom feeling confident with the skills they have just learned.
Q? How do I cancel a class?
Ans. Call our office in Santa Maria at (805) 928-SAFE
Q? What do I do if I lose my CPR card?
Ans. Call us and we will issue you a duplicate card. Please have the date and month of the class you attended. There will be a $15.00 replacement fee for all course replacement completion cards.
Q? Not all people who suddenly collapse are in cardiac arrest. Will CPR seriously hurt them?
Ans. Adults who suddenly collapse and are not responsive are likely to have sudden cardiac arrest and their chance of survival is nearly zero unless someone takes action immediately. You should call 911 and start giving hard and fast chest compressions in the center of the chest, with minimal interruptions. If sudden cardiac arrest is the cause of the collapse, CPR is an easy, effective way for any bystander to more than double the victim’s chance for survival. If an adult has collapsed for reasons other than sudden cardiac arrest, CPR could still help by causing the person to respond (begin to move, breathe normally or speak). If that occurs, CPR can be stopped. Otherwise, CPR should continue until EMS providers arrive.
Q? Can you break people's ribs doing CPR?
Ans. Yes. A 2004 review of scientific literature showed that conventional CPR can cause fractures of ribs and/or the breastbone (sternum) in at least 1/3 of cases. In a related study of people who had received such injuries from CPR, the fractures did not cause any serious internal bleeding and, thus, mortality. On the other hand, the chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is near zero for a victim who does not immediately receive high quality chest compressions with minimal interruptions, followed by additional therapy within minutes (a defibrillating shock and/or more advanced care from EMS personnel).
Q? Is there a danger in jumping in and giving CPR without being trained?
Ans. On average, any attempt to provide CPR to a victim is better than no attempt to provide help, but to be most effective in your efforts it is recommended that you should take a CPR and first aid class every two years.
Q? Who is the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)?
Ans. ASHI is an professional association of more than 35,000 professional safety and health educators providing nationally recognized training programs through approximately 5,500 approved Training Centers across the United States and in over 20 foreign countries.
Q? Have ASHI programs been externally reviewed, accepted, approved, or accredited?
Ans. Yes. ASHI works on a regular and ongoing basis with hundreds of federal and state authorities to ensure regulatory compliance. ASHI programs have been reviewed, accepted, approved or have satisfied the requirements of numerous state and federal agencies, including the Department of Labor (OSHA) and the Department of Homeland Security (USCG).
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