CPR Choice – Your BEST CHOICE for CPR Training!

November 17, 2014 Cheryl Smith CPR Training

teachingCPRWhy is CPR Choice your best choice for CPR?  To put it simply…We are not in the business of handing out CPR cards, we are in the business of teaching CPR.  Now at first this may not seem like the answer you want but it is the answer that we tell our customers and friends all the time.  Let me explain.

People call us every day wanting to sign up for CPR classes or to schedule a training at their office.  One of the most frequently asked questions is, “How long is the class?”  Our response is usually around 3 hours.  Occasionally the other person on the phone gasps and says, “3 hours?  My last class was only 30 minutes.”  This literally pains me.  Being an instructor for almost 15 years I know that it is impossible to cover the content thoroughly in that much time; even if I was training a paramedic or ER nurse that uses the skills regularly.  There are two main reasons that people take CPR classes: to get a CPR card or to actually learn CPR.  Sadly many classes offered will not satisfy both.

Things to look for in a good CPR program:

  • Most importantly it should have a good instructor!  The instructor needs to be knowledgeable and not just able to pop in a video and press play.  While audio-visual aids are necessary it is important to have instructor that can answer questions and help guide you through the practice sessions.  The CPR instructor should be passionate and enjoy teaching.  We strongly believe that it takes a special person to be a good TEACHER and we mentor our new instructors for months.
  • CPR classes need adequate space and equipment.  I recently taught for a group that told me their last instructor didn’t bring any CPR manikins.  WHAT?!?  You must have manikins in order to properly learn the techniques.  CPR Choice provides a low student to manikin ratio so time isn’t wasted with 3-5 people sharing one manikin.  The manikin really is important as it can help aid you to make sure you are pushing the chest hard enough during CPR compressions and that you are breathing adequately to make the chest rise.  AED trainers should also be provided during training.
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness, right?  Make sure that the equipment is clean and that proper barriers and masks are provided so you aren’t spreading germs.
  • Proper amount of time is necessary.  Most of our classes cover adult CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, 2-rescuer CPR, choking, unconscious choking, and AED.  3 hours really is necessary to cover the material properly.
  • The class is fun, engaging and easy to understand!

How to recognize a poor CPR program:

  • The instructor does not come prepared with proper CPR equipment, videos and materials.  If you simply just have to show up, sign the roster, pay the fee, maybe take a quick test and receive the card this is not a good CPR class.  The instructor should have the desire to teach and for students to learn.
  • The CPR class does not actually provide real training and instruction but only provides a CPR card.  The CPR instructor is just handing out CPR cards in order to earn some quick cash.
  • The class is 100% online.  Most of these CPR classes are scams and you can read more about them here.  Don’t waste your money as these classes do not provide you with a card from American Heart Association, Red Cross or ASHI.

If you are actually wanting to learn CPR, find a proper class with staff that take pride in teaching these important life saving skills.   CPR is one of the most important medical skills that you will ever learn (even for healthcare providers).  You should always seek out the best CPR training that you can.  You never know when you may need it and I wouldn’t want someone doing CPR on me that simply watched a video online or paid a fee and got a CPR card.  Don’t cut corners on this training even if you think you’re just doing it as a job requirement or to meet some OSHA standard.  One day you may need it and you’ll wish you made the best choice-CPR Choice!

To sign up for one of our CPR training classes please check out our calendar here!
We offer a variety of AHA and ASHI classes every week including BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver CPR & First Aid.

Our students agree it’s the best CPR course they have ever taken!  Read their testimonials.

Why Should You Choose CPR Choice?

CPR Choice, Knoxville Real Testimonials

"Best CPR Class I've ever attended."

"This is the BEST CPR class I have ever been to. As an RN, I’ve been to lots over the years. HIGHLY recommend this one!"

"I highly recommend CPR Choice for healthcare provider certification! It was easy to schedule and Cheryl kept the class interesting and informative. This was by far my best experience taking a CPR class. Thanks Cheryl!"

"I have been taking an annual CPR class for about eight years now, and never before now have I felt like I had such a complete grasp on the material."

"Best CPR class I have taken as an RN in 10 yrs! The instructor, Kristy, was the best instructor! Systematic approach to teaching with tons of energy and obvious interest in teaching CPR. Thank you!"

"I'll be back in two years for renewal! Thanks CPR Choice!"

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