The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learning CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills. Please speak with an AHA Instructor or Training Center if you have any concerns.
The science in the official AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC shows that victims have a greater chance of survival from cardiac arrest when high-quality CPR includes the use of an AED.
First responders or professional rescuers generally include fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. These types of prehospital professionals usually need to complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) course. Check with your employer or licensing authority and learn more about blended learning and classroom-based BLS courses.
In CPR and first aid training,
An infant is younger than one year
A child is older than one year and has not reached puberty
An adult is anyone who has gone through or is going through puberty
The AHA’s Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course is designed to meet regulatory requirements for childcare workers in all 50 United States. The AHA offers this course in both blended learning and classroom-based formats.
No, first aid is not included in the AHA’s BLS courses. The AHA offers a variety of courses that will prepare you to respond to a first aid emergency, including
• Heartsaver First Aid Online – blended learning, to be followed by a skills session with an AHA Instructor
• Heartsaver First Aid – Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
• Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online – blended learning
• Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED – ILT
• Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Online – blended learning
• Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED – ILT
No. Each student must have his or her own current and appropriate manual or workbook readily available for use before, during and after the course.
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