Great News Regarding CPR!
People with a disability or chronic health condition now have the opportunity to participate in and instruct someone else on how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). And you don’t need to be a health care professional.
In July 2020, the American Heart Association (AHA), in collaboration with the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND), established the AHA Advisor: BLS Program. This program was developed for anyone who is physically unable to perform the skills of CPR but can instruct another individual on how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) until first responders arrive.
Steps to obtain the Advisor: BLS Card:
Register for the Basic Life Support (BLS) online course through AHA. https://cpr.heart.org/en/cpr-courses-and-kits/healthcare-professional/basic-life-support-bls-training.
After receiving an email from the AHA that validates successful completion of the BLS online course, contact your local CPR Training Center/Instructor for further instructions on how to qualify for an Advisor: BLS Card. These centers may be located at fire stations, in outpatient facilities, etc. It is at this time to indicate what accommodations you need. To locate an instructor in your area please go to www.heart.org/findacourse and select “Search Classes Near Me”.
The Advisor: BLS Card is good for 2 years, and then the card must be renewed. This is just like the standard BLS card which is renewed every 2 years per BLS guidelines.
The more individuals who know about this course and participate, the more lives can be saved. Spread the word!
It’s all good, so keep on rollin’.
Patty, BSN, RN and Roberta, RN
The Rollin’ RNs ™
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