Frequently Asked Questions

What is CPR?

CPR is an abbreviation for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. No wonder folks like the abbreviation!

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States and Canada. Resuscitation is most successful if defibrillation is performed in about the first 5 minutes after collapse. Because the interval between call to the emergency medical services (EMS) system and arrival of EMS personnel at the victim’s side is typically longer than 5 minutes, achieving high survival rates depends on a public trained in CPR and on well-organized public access defibrillation programs.

CPR is not a single skill but a series of assessments and interventions.

What chance does the person (on whom I perform CPR) have of surviving?

If you do CPR on a person whose heart has stopped beating there is a 30% chance the person will live if a defibrillator can arrive within several minutes to shock the heart.

Can I kill someone if I do CPR incorrectly?

No. Remember the person in cardiac arrest is already clinically dead. CPR can only help. Even if it’s not done “letter perfect” it will probably provide some benefit to the victim.

What if I crack a rib when I do CPR?

Frequently ribs are broken with the pressure CPR places on the sternum. Some studies quote up to 30% of cardiac arrest victims have broken ribs as a result of CPR. This happens more frequently the older the victim since the cartilage is less compliant and the bones more easily crackable. But remember, it’s better to have a cracked rib than be dead.

My job requires CPR certification. Will your training suffice?

Our training is certified by the American Heart Association. The CPR card we issue to you on the successful completion of training will be valid throughout the USA for any company or job which accepts AHA certification.

Typically, requirements are:

– Coursework must include first aid, adult CPR, and child CPR.
– Online courses are not acceptable – learning first aid and CPR requires demonstration and practice.
– You must provide the actual card to the employer or school for photocopying.

This may vary by job.

When do I receive my CPR card?

You will receive your American Heart CPR card within a week after the class.

How long is the CPR card good?

All CPR course cards are good for 2 years.

What do I do if I lose my CPR card?

No problem! Call us and we will be happy to issue you a duplicate card. Please give the date/month of the class you took. You will be charged a $5.00 replacement fee

How do I pay for the class?

You can pay in advance by check or by cash at the time of the class.

What should I wear?

You should wear something comfortable that you can move around in.

Will there be a test?

There is no test for the lay person, but a skills check. There is a test for healthcare providers and a skills check.

Why choose CPR On Demand Training?

When you choose CPR On Demand, you are choosing one of the best and most interesting First Aid and CPR courses available. You are also choosing:

– Affordable accredited courses that cater specially to your needs.
– Quality training conducted by a certified trainer
– Short notice booking service
– Easy to understand notes and course materials
– 100% satisfaction in both the training and service provided.

Would you come to my location for a class?


Do you offer CPR classes for individuals?

Yes, we offer Heartsaver CPR/First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR classes regularly.

Will I have to share a manikin with someone else?

No, every participant has a manikin to practice on. This will allow you more practice time.

Is CPR difficult to learn?

CPR classes consist of knowledge and skills, both of which can be learned by almost any able-bodied person, adult or teenager.

It is important, of course, to pay close attention to the specifics of all instructions in the class.

What if I have never taken CPR before?

Fine. No prior knowledge is required to take any of the classes CPR/AED or First Aid classes.

Decide which level of certification will best suit your needs and we’ll help you learn what you need to know

What do I do if I need to cancel a class?

We request that a 24 hour notice be given.

What if I feel like I need a refresher course before my card expires?

If you certified with us within two years you may sit in on a scheduled class as a refresher at no extra charge.

Can’t I just take an online CPR course?

If you are taking the CPR course for your job, PLEASE check with your employer first as most businesses will not accept any certification through an online CPR course except the American Heart Online Renewal Course for Healthcare Providers.

How long is a class?

That depends on which class you take…

Can’t we just call 911?

No. When someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating, he or she typically can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death. CPR may buy extra time until professional help arrives.

Will CPR actually save lives?

The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR were performed early enough.

Is CPR just for heart attacks?

No. Some of the common causes of “sudden death” that may require CPR include:

– Electric Shock
– Heart Attacks
– Drowning
– Severe Allergic Reactions
– Choking
– Drug Overdose
– Suffocation

Can I get AIDS from doing CPR?

No. There has never been a documented case of AIDS transmitted by CPR.

Can I get sued if I perform CPR?

You theoretically could but there has never been a successful suit brought against someone performing CPR.

Does the Good Samaritan law protect me?

Yes, if you give assistance, including CPR, for a medical emergency Good Samaritan laws cover you.

What is AED?

AED is an abbreviation for Automated External Defibrillators.

Defibrillation is considered the most definitive care for cardiac arrest – in fact, for the pulseless adult patient, chances of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) patient surviving without an early electrical counter-shock are less than 1%.

With the advent of AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators), this lifesaving technology can be placed in the hands of corporate and industrial responders.

Training is required for proper use of the equipment.

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