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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator trainer training are two different lifesaving methods. They are combined to provide the best chance of saving a victim in sudden cardiac arrest. These techniques are often taught in the same class as first aid. If you are unsure of the differences, or how to use them, keep reading.

What's CPR?

CPR, or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, is a technique for first aid that involves repeatedly compressing the chest of a person to increase blood flow. This creates an artificial heartbeat. This is used to treat sudden heart arrest. This prevents organ damage and brain injury from happening.

What is an AED?

Most likely, you've seen an AED before. You may be familiar with the scene where the doctor takes out two paddles and places them on a patient's chest. You may have something that you can recall before shocking the patient using the paddles. An AED, a portable device that delivers electrical shocks to the heart, can be used to restart it. While CPR alone won't restart a person’s heart, an AED can be used in combination with it to significantly increase survival chances.

AEDs are very well-designed. AEDs will only shock victims if they have ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Patients who don't require AEDs won't be shocked. AEDs are safe and you don't run the risk of accidentally shocking your self. Anyone can use an AED, even those with little experience.

AED or CPR: Which should you choose?

If you are with someone who has experienced sudden cardiac arrest, it is important to dial 911 immediately. You can ask someone else to call 911 for the victim if you are unable. You will need to determine if you are able to perform CPR or use an AED depending on your situation.

You should always go with someone you know to perform CPR. It's best to perform CPR if you are alone. If you have any questions, ask the 911 operator. They can direct you to the correct steps.

CPR+AED Classes

Greensafe's CPR+AED classes take just a few hours, and can save lives every second. CPR+AED training is available to grandparents, parents, teachers, and office staff.

This CPR/AED course is for you

  • In-Person – Designed for those who prefer to learn in the classroom, our CPR+AED classes in-person are taught by knowledgeable instructors who will not only give you the latest information but also show you how to use your AED properly.
  • Online: You can take an online CPR+AED course at any time and from your home. Online CPR+AED courses cannot be taken in person. This could mean that you may not be able meet safety requirements at work.
  • Blended Learning: Our blended learning programs combine interactive, self-paced instruction and in-person skill session. They also feature award-winning simulation learning. Blended learning allows for you to learn at your own speed and then demonstrate your skills to a certified instructor.


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