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First Aid training includes CPR/AED. This page explains the different types of CPR levels and
different types of First Aid training my business offers.
There are 3 levels of CPR: CPR A, CPR C and Basic Life Supports (BLS).
IN ORDER TO GET THE CERTIFICATE, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO DO TWO (2) MINUTES OF COMPRESSIONS.
Red Cross and WSIB established this requirement.
CPR Level A--It deals with adult scenarios only. Certification is valid for 3 years.
CPR Level C-It deals with adult, child and baby scenarios. This is the most common requirement for the
general public and workplace. Certification is valid for three years. I recommend parents take this level of
CPR. Depending on your profession, you may be required to take CPR more often than every 3 years. Please
check with your employer.
Basic Life Support (BLS)--replaced CPR HCP--CPR for Health Care Providers---dealing with adult, child and
baby as health care providers.
--Certificate is valid for one year.
--"The recognition of and initial intervention or treatment given by pre-hospital or
in-facility responders to a patient suffering from cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. "
--This deals with legal issues, advance directives, how to do the "jaw thrust" when
someone has a head and spine injury instead of tilting the head, how to do a pulse check, how to use bag-
valve mask (BVM), how to do assisted ventilation, two-person CPR as health care providers for all age
groups, special considerations and it focuses on team approach.
Basic Life Support (BLS) with Airway Management
--Airway Management--Certificate is valid for 3 (three) years.
--practice how to open the mouth (two ways), how to use airway adjuncts
(oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal and supraglottic airways), and how to use a suction.
WHEN YOU TAKE THE RED CROSS FIRST AID COURSE, AND ANY LEVEL OF
CPR COURSE, YOU LEARN HOW TO USE AN AED (AUTOMATED EXTERNAL
There are two levels of First Aid Training---Emergency First Aid (EFA) or Standard First Aid (SFA)
---Both EFA and SFA courses include CPR and AED training.
---EFA course can be with CPR A or CPR C or Basic Life Support (BLS).
---SFA course is usually SFA CPR C since this is the most common
requirement for the general public and workplace. Depending on your profession, if you work with
adults only, SFA CPR A may meet your work requirement, although I recommend the general public to take
SFA CPR C. SFA Basic Life Support (BLS) is the highest level of the Basic First Aid training since it is for
Health Care Professionals.
Please check with your employer regarding which course you have to take.
Emergency First Aid (EFA)-one day course. Certification is valid for 3 years.
The Red Cross
Responding to Emergencies
Check, Call, Care
Circulation and Breathing Emergencies
CPR and AED
Fainting, Diabetic Emergencies, and Seizures
Foundations of First Aid
Standard First Aid (SFA)-two day course--Certification is valid for 3 years.
Topics include everything listed under Emergency First Aid, CPR and AED training, plus
Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries
Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries, including how to apply splints and slings
Sudden Medical Emergencies
Environmental Illness--Cold and Heat Related Emergencies
Standard First Aid recertification--the shorter version is either one day course or two evenings.
Certification is valid for 3 years. This is not recommended for people who need time to absorb the material,
because this is a fast-paced course where lecture format is used the most often in order to review 13
chapters within 7-8 hours since my experience tells me that people do not remember the material. In order
to take this quick recert, you must have taken a full SFA course within the last 3 years and the certificate is
still valid while you take the quick recert course. Once you have taken a quick recert course, you must take
a full course the next time. So the full course and quick recert must alternate. This is mandated by WSIB.
--or take the two-day course again. Certification is valid for 3 years.
You can take the two day course every time if you wish to do so.
--or take full SFA Blended Learning--The First Step of Blended Learning
is to do the theory online at your own pace. You will go through the modules and you must pass each
module before you can go to the next module. You can save and come back to it anytime. You must
complete this online part before the class time. During the class time, you will spend a full day (7 hours),
practicing the skills and clarifying any part of the theory that you did online, before doing the test.
Certificate is valid for 3 years. This is equivalent to the two day full course. You can take the full SFA
Blended Learning every time if you wish to do so.
Emergency FIrst Aid recertification--In Ontario, you are required to take the full course. This is
mandated by WSIB.
CPR C recertification--In order to take this quick recert, you must have taken a full SFA, EFA or CPR course
within the last 3 years and the certificate is still valid while you take the quick recert course. You must
provide proof that you took a full course previously and that your certificate has not expired on the day of
your quick recert course. You must alternate the quick recert and full course. You can always take the full
course every time if you wish to do so. This is mandated by WSIB. There is no quick recert CPR A for a
strange reason so full CPR A must be taken.
Basic Life Support recertification--BLS is good for one year. In order to take the BLS quick recert, you
must have a valid BLS certificate or CPR HCP certificate. If you have a valid EFA BLS or SFA BLS certificate,
you also qualify to take the BLS quick recert. You can continue to take the BLS quick recert as long as you
do not allow your certificate to expire. If your certificate expired, you need to take the full BLS course.
MARINE BASIC FIRST AID--two-day course. Certification is valid for 3 years.
Red Cross now offers Marine Basic First Aid Blended Learning as well--Certfication is valid for 3 years.
It includes Standard First Aid CPR C plus added information listed below:
Marine First Aid Kits
How to get medical advice on the radio.
Moving an ill or injured person
Anatomy and physiology of various systems in the body
Mechanisms of heating and cooling the body
Additional information on heat-related illnesses and prevention
Cold water immersion
In cold water issues--self-rescue, survive to await rescue, HELP position, can not pull self out of ice while
still in water
Dehydration and malnutrition
All participants need to wear pants (or shorts depending on the weather).
Please contact me directly:
Cell Phone or Text: 613-840-5279
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