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Do Schools Require Staff To Be CPR Certified?

Roughly 357,000 people in the United States experienced cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also notes that as many as 70-90 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital will die, and those who do survive are likely to suffer severe injury.

What precautions be taken to avoid this? More people can receive CPR training and AED training. The CDC notes that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) device immediately following a cardiac arrest could potentially save numerous lives. While CPR classes have become more common in multiple professions over the years, the rules can still be a bit unclear.

What are the school guidelines for CPR?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recommends but doesn’t require that every workplace has “one or more” employees that are trained in CPR and first aid. Basically, the short answer to whether schools require it is—it depends. Since CPR requirements are handled individually at the state level, you’d have to look up the requirements for your individual state to know for sure.

According to a policy statement published by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), as of August 2015, only six states required that all teachers be certified in CPR, and in three states it was only required for physical education (PE) teachers and coaches. Although “many schools” require (based on their individual policies) that coaches and PE teachers be CPR certified, still, fifteen states have no laws relating to CPR, AED, or a cardiac emergency response plan.

However, an article published in 2018 by the American Heart Association (AHA) reported that, as of August 2018, thirty-eight schools now require students to take a hands-on CPR class in order to graduate. Wisconsin (and other states) now even require students to learn AED. In Wisconsin, medical professionals train the teachers, who then train the students. States that don’t require training still generally recommend CPR certification, and some merely recommend it due to trying to pass bills that have failed (meaning all they can do is recommend it, not fund the training).

Regardless of legal requirements, it’s always a good idea to receive CPR training and first aid training. This way, you can help someone who is having a heart attack or choking to start breathing again.

Get your CPR certificate online.

Whether you need a renewal of your current CPR certificate or it’s your first time taking a CPR course, get your cpr cert online. Online CPR courses allow you to fit the CPR class into your busy schedule and work at your own pace so that you can earn your CPR certificate and be ready to potentially save a life. The course material for the online CPR class includes unlimited access to the training material, including all the modules and video demonstrations.

The combo online CPR certification and AED certification training course will teach you how to handle an emergency by teaching you to recognize emergencies, the nuances of responding to certain situations, and the differences in helping an adult, child, or infant. The course will also teach you how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) device, how to perform infant CPR, child CPR, and adult CPR (and what to do in the situation of choking on all three), and about the recovery position.

Once you’re feeling confident with the online CPR and AED material, you can take the quiz. You can take the quiz multiple times, but you must score 75 percent or higher to pass. After you pass, you can print out a temporary certification card until your official wallet card is delivered in 5-7 business days.

Note: all online CPR certification courses are valid for two years EXCEPT for the Bloodborne Pathogens course, which is only valid for one year in accordance with OSHA standards.

Bonus tip for teachers: get magnetic building blocks for the classroom.

For children over three, magnetic blocks can be a fun way to learn while letting creativity flourish. The “Magna-Tiles” allow children to use the magnetic blocks to build in 3D, which helps them learn concepts of dimensions (2D vs 3D), which can be applied to math, science, and even art.

Warning: magnetic blocks are not recommended for children under three without supervision as the magnets pose a choking hazard. Seek medical attention immediately if a magnet is suspected of being swallowed, as magnets can stick together in the intestines causing serious medical complications.

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