What is First Aid?
First aid is the immediate care
you give to an ill or injured person
until more advanced care can be
obtained. The First Aider's role
includes three basic steps:
1. Recognize the emergency and act
2. Call EMS/911
3. Act according to your skills,
knowledge, and comfort level.
A first aid class will teach you
skills to handle accidents such as;
bleeding, bone, muscle and joint
injuries, head and neck injuries,
medical conditions, and
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What is CPR?
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary
resuscitation. The term cardio
refers to the heart, and pulmonary
refers to the lungs. CPR is
the same as Basic Cardiac Life
Support (BCLS). CPR is a
combination of breathing and chest
compressions. CPR increases a
cardiac arrest casualty's chances of
survival by keeping the brain
supplied with oxygen until the
person receives advanced medical
care. CPR alone is not enough
to help someone survive cardiac
arrest. Advanced medical care
is needed immediately, and includes
the use of medications or a
A defibrillator is a device that
sends an electric shock through the
chest to the heart to start the
heard beating effectively again.
Defibrillation given as soon as
possible is the key to helping some
people survive cardiac arrest.
A CPR class will teach you skills to
handle conditions such as; choking
situations, respiratory distress,
respiratory arrest (when breathing
stops), and cardiac arrest.
All of our CPR classes also include
AED (Automated External
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Is learning first aid or CPR
The goal of the Canadian Red
Cross is to provide first aid
training to every person in Canada.
Vital CPR - First Aid Training
strives for the same goal. Our
courses teach basic steps that can
be applied to any emergency
situation. We make learning the
skills easier by reinforcing the key
concepts and by providing lots of
class time for hands-on practice. We
want you to succeed!
What course should I take?
You can take a CPR class by
itself, or you can take a class
which combines CPR with First Aid
training. Here are some simple
guidelines to follow:
CPR Level A is CPR for adult
casualties. This course is
required if you are taking the
course because you need to know how
to assist with respiratory or
cardiac emergencies affecting a
person older than eight years of
age. The course is intended
for lay person (general public)
rescuers or workplace rescuers.
CPR Level C is CPR for adult, child,
and baby casualties. This is
required if you need to know how to
assist with respiratory or cardiac
emergencies affecting persons in
different age groups. The
course is intended for lay person
rescuers, workplace safety teams,
lifeguards, police, fire fighters,
and other first responders.
CPR Level HCP is CPR adult, child,
and baby casualties at a Health Care
Provider level. This course
includes Level C plus additional
skills such as; advanced circulation
check, rescue breathing, and use of
a bag valve mask (BVM). The
course is intended for doctors,
nurses, paramedics and allied Health
Care Professionals (RT, OT, PT etc).
When do I receive my CPR
You will receive your
certificate at the end of your
successful completion of the course.
The certificate is provided in class
and you will not have to wait for it
to be mailed.
our first aid and CPR courses
include certification from the
Canadian Red Cross Society. The
certificates meet Canada
Occupational Safety and Health
regulations, Ontario's Workplace
Safety and Insurance Board
requirements, and are recognized by
employers, schools and safety
councils throughout Canada.
First aid and CPR certificates are
valid for three years. However, the
Canadian Red Cross Society
recommends retraining every year.
You should also note that some
employers require you to retrain
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