What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I read the professional journals and the resuscitation science studies - to learn what works, what EMS agencies and hospitals are trying, and what offers improved survivability. This is not about improving some number by 5%. 15,000 people per month die needlessly from cardiac arrest. (Yea that's a bold statement - but if the Nation could get to where MN/AZ/King County WA already are with Cardiac Arrest survivability - that's how many lives could be saved).
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
For the public courses, standard pricing per student is CPR/AED - $40, First Aid Only - $40, 1st Aid/CPR/AED - $60, BLS for Healthcare - $50. We've had the same prices since 2014, we may go up $5.00 in 2017.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It started when I was 5, I had an uncle die of "heart failure". At the funeral home, I heard my aunt say "I wish I had known 'mouth-to-mouth' and he might still be alive". I didn't know what that term even meant. My first training was when I was in the Boy Scouts, and I've been determined since then NOT to be someone at the funeral home saying "I wish I had known CPR, so that _________ might still be with us". Please, you don't be that person, either. It takes from 40 minutes to 3 hours of time from your life and $10-50 from your wallet. My loved ones are worth it, I think yours are, also.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Usually training at their workplace, gym or hospital for a group of employees, nursing students, etc. Often (like 6-8 times per month) we rent a facility for "Public classes", or "community training". Anyone can sign up, generally for $40-$50 per course. We can also teach at your clinic, fitness center, church, neighborhood association, nursing home, child care center, etc. Practical and fun training that may save the life of a loved one. Learn CPR - Save a Life!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
For my employer, I manage the AED program and teach First Aid/CPR/AED classes for 350 or so employees. I also am responsible for the "Annual CPR/AED" drill. As a result of training and practice, we have gotten drills to less than 2 minutes from patient collapse to AED shock. That's an amazing result that indicates CPR being performed within 45 seconds from someone collapsing and AED shock within 2 minutes. Those are better times than Las Vegas casinos, that have higher than 55% survival rate. Yes, that means my office is a GREAT place to have a cardiac arrest (as if you'll get to choose the where or when).
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If required by your employer/clinic/fitness center/hospital, etc. to have CPR training, then ONLY go with a national provider (American Heart, Red Cross, or NSC). If you're a Medical Professional or nursing/medical/dental student, we would ONLY recommend AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers course (from Newnan CPR, or a lot of other AHA instructors). There's nothing wrong with completing the AHA HeartCode (online) course, as long as you get an AHA skill check within 2 months. If your employer requires CPR certification, completion of an "online-only" CPR course Will NOT be recognized, cause OSHA doesn't recognize online CPR training without a hands-on practice session with a qualified instructor.