FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does AED stand for?
This is one of our most commonly asked FAQ – AED stands for automated external defibrillator.
Is it true that you can use adult AED pads on a baby?
The AHA recommends that babies are defibrillated with a manual defibrillator, however if all you have is an AED with adult pads they can be used on a baby as long as they are not touching.
Why are AED’s so important?
AED’s are important because they strengthen the Chain of Survival. They can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Portable AED’s enable more people to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation. When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 7% to 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation. AEDs save lives!
What if I have more questions about AEDs?
CLICK HERE for more info on AEDs. Additional AED FAQ can be viewed on the AED page.
What is the American Heart Association (AHA)?
The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. The AHA is the nation’s leader in CPR education training. The AHA help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help ensure the best treatment for every patient, every time. The AHA educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.
Why choose American Heart Association programs?
The American Heart Association’s courses are cutting-edge in terms of its evidence-based content, and uses a well-tested methodology that can dramatically improve both the learning and retention of life saving skills.
CERTIFICATION CARD QUESTIONS
When will I receive my certification card?
If you have pre-registered, RESQ will distribute course completion cards at the conclusion of all courses. If you have not pre-registered, RESQ will mail your card the next business day.
How do I get a replacement AHA card?
In order to receive a replacement certification card you will need the following information:
- Location of the class
- Which certification class was taken
- Date of the class
There is a $10 replacement fee.
Call 317.786.7260 for more information.
My AHA card says it expires 10/2014 does that mean it expires on the 1st of the month?
No, the expiration date on all AHA cards is the last day of the month printed on the card.
My AHA certification card expires soon and I have not been able to find a course and I need a course right away. Can you help me?
Yes, we offer private 1-on-1 courses upon request. Please contact us for further information at 317.786.7260
My employer will not allow me to work until I provide a copy of a current American Heart Association BLS CPR card. Can RESQ help?
Yes, please contact us at 317.786.7260 for details.
Who teaches the courses?
RESQ courses are taught by Specialized Medical Response instructors. Our instructors are curriculum providers that have mastered the skills, passed the didactic AHA instructor courses and been evaluated while teaching by Training Center Faculty in accordance with standards set forth by the American Heart American.
Who are your instructors?
All of our instructors are Indiana certified or licensed healthcare providers and professional educators with direct patient care experience in the delivery of emergency medical care or acute critical care. Each has real life hands on experience in the topics they teach. Our instructors provide the highest level of instruction and facilitation possible. We believe in preparation for real life situations. Our instructors ensure every participant critically understands the “WHY” behind all the content taught and not just the “HOW”. Critically understanding the reasoning behind the content allows you to process and provide care in real world situations based on appreciation of the facts related to the event.
What type of credentials do you instructors maintain?
All of our instructors are healthcare professionals that maintain AHA instructor ratings.
Are your manikins clean and maintained?
Absolutely! We pride ourselves on the cleanliness and quality of our equipment. We clean and disinfect our equipment at the conclusion of all courses. We provide each student with a disposable valve to ventilate our manikins, provide hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes during all of our courses.
Do you offer AHA courses online?
Yes. As a convenience to our clients, we offer eLearning courses through the American Heart Association. Please click here to view our available online courses.
Do you offer skills check-offs if I have taken the online portion of my AHA course?
What are the Heartsaver® classroom courses?
The American Heart Association’s core Heartsaver® classroom courses, for those with little or no medical training, include Heartsaver® First Aid, Heartsaver® CPR AED and Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED. These video based, Instructor-led courses teach participants critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) takes over. Depending on the course, participants learn how to recognize, respond to and treat a variety of first aid emergencies, and perform CPR and use an AED in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
Who is eligible to take an advanced provider course (ACLS, PALS)?
Historically only medical providers that were in charge of running cardiac arrests were admitted to ACLS and PALS courses. The new guidelines and focus of the curricula is to educate all members of the healthcare team that may be involved in resuscitation. Any healthcare provider is eligible to take an ACLS or PALS course. Students are expected to be familiar with the curriculum prior to the course date. Instructors will work with all levels clinicians to ensure that the expectations of their skill level are evaluated during the course.
How do I determine which type of CPR course to take?
What CPR course should I take if I am a teacher?
Click here to be taken to the correct CPR course.
Is there a written examination at the end of the Heartsaver® CPR/AED course?
You are not required to take a written examination. The only testing required is a CPR skills evaluation.
What is the new Indiana law concerning teachers and CPR training?
CPR Heimlich Maneuver-AED Certification.Per Indiana Code 20-28-5-3(c), applicants applying for an initial teaching license must have successfully completed training in:Cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin,Removing a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway, and the Heimlich Maneuver;
Beginning July 1, 2011, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED); and hold a valid certification in each of these procedures from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association or other providers as approved by the department.
An initial teaching license is the first license issued to an applicant, regardless of content area or setting. Effective July 1, 2012, the requirements above must be met for all license and permit renewals. Applicants for initial licensure of any type and applicants for all renewals must show proof of valid CPR/AED/Heimlich certification. For applications submitted as paid in LVIS on or before June 30, 2012, the current requirement will be honored even though the licenses may not be processed by licensing advisors or OELD staff until July 1, 2012, or after.
Substitute teacher permits and educational interpreter permits are exempt.
CPR-Heimlich Maneuver training may be delivered primarily online, but it must include a “hands-on” training/demonstration component with a mannequin.