On Wednesday, October 21, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a new set of guidelines for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and responding to other cardiovascular emergencies. Upon the release of these guidelines, the American CPR Care Association (also known as CPR Care) took immediate action to change their current online certification programs to meet these updated guidelines.
The release of new guidelines is something that online cpr certification providers have been anticipating for months. Typically, the AHA announces new guidelines about every 5 years. The most recent update occurred in 2015, the one before that occurred in 2010.
Compared to previous years, the newest guidelines include significant changes. As the AHA explained, the new set of guidelines specifically sought to “tackle health disparities, management of opioid-related emergencies and physical, emotional recovery.”
These new changes are far from surprising. Over the past five years, healthcare inequality and the opioid crisis have both gained notable (and needed) attention in the United States. As further stated by the AHA, “The Chain of Survival has been expanded to include a recovery link, which emphasizes the physical, social, and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers after survivors leave the hospital.”
The AHA believes that offering more comprehensive and attentive care is the best way to ensure long-term survival for patients. Even with these new changes, the AHA recognizes that “early bystander and AED intervention remains key to survival,” which is why becoming certified in CPR and using an AED remains so important.
As the American CPR Care Association emphasizes, “you don’t need to be a medical professional to learn life-saving skills.” In fact, because so many cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital, it is often non-medical professionals that are responsible for saving the thousands of lives rescued by CPR every year.
The American CPR Care Association is on a mission to make certification easy, accessible, and affordable for medical and non-medical professionals alike. Certification can be completed entirely online via classes taught by OSHA trained instructors.
Online certification has become especially appealing in 2020 as the COVID-19 outbreak has increased the need for social distancing. With new, improved guidelines and a CPR certification program rated 4.7 out of 5, the American CPR Care Association hopes to continue moving forward in pursuit of its broader mission.