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Adding Convenience And Romance To CPR Training — A Couple Ideas From The Red Cross To Make Accreditation (& Renewal) Easier, More Fun

November 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

As I have mentioned on the blog my CPR-AED accreditation has expired, and I have to renew it — not only because I need the official paperwork, but I also feel like I could use the skills refresher. Though the fact I haven’t gotten around to it typifies the difficulty that a lot people have in putting aside time to take CPR. So, I thought I’d mention a couple of creative CPR-AED options — one more convenient, one more romantic.

The more convenient alternative allows for completing some of the course online. Many local Red Cross chapters offer this “Blended Learning” approach, which combines both web-based and on-site training. It cuts class time by half from 4 hours to sometime between 90 and 12o minutes depending where you take it. The online component allows you do the course at your own pace, though you do have to pass the online test (getting 80% or better).

The more romantic option, “Singles CPR” comes, not surprisingly, from the innovative folks at the Oregon Trail Red Cross Chapter. The idea of “Singles CPR” is to add a fun and alluring twist to emergency training with the hope that the dummy’s heart is not the only one that starts fluttering during the session. And, “Singles CPR” has already resulted in at least one love match. This is the kind of unusual approach to CPR and preparedness in general that is so helpful in encouraging people to make the extra effort (though, of course, as a happily married lapsed resuscitator it’s not for me.)

Singles CPR - partnering up for choking practice by American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter.


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Tags: Preparedness 2.0 · Preparedness Ideas · Red Cross

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  • 1 » Taking The First Step to Learning CPR // Nov 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    [...] as John Solomon recently pointed out in his blog, there is a blended learning option provided by the Red Cross, which allows you to take an online [...]

  • 2 Lise Harwin // Nov 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, John!

    Just wanted to add that we’ve also been offering Comedy CPR, which definitely puts the humor in your Heimlich (though we call them “abdominal thrusts” around here).

    It’s been a very popular class — not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, but definitely more spirited than average!

    Any way to make taking CPR a little more fun is aces in our book…

    - Lise

  • 3 On National CPR & AED Awareness Week, A Training Video That Will Definitely Raise Some Heart Rates // Jun 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

    [...] frequently highlight interesting and creative approaches to preparedness. The video below — “Super Sexy CPR” — may be a little too interesting and [...]

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