AS A HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING ORGANIZATION, AMID ONGOING CONCERNS OF THE COVID-19, OUR INSTRUCTORS, CLIENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE OF OUR BIGGEST CONCERN.
We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from public health officials and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
If you would like additional information about COVID-19, we recommend you visit the CDC website at cdc.gov or your local health department website.
For safety and to prevent spread of respiratory disease we are asking all our American CPR Training® Affiliate Instructors to follow precautionary practices and are recommending that our employees, clients, and their staff do the same:
- Wash hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds – have fun timing it by humming or singing a refrain of "Stayin' Alive," by The Bee Gees (also a favorite song for performing CPR!)
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. (The average person touches their face 15-23 times per hour without even realizing it!)
- Cover cough or sneeze using a bent elbow - not hand.
- Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water is unavailable.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, throw it in the trash, and wash your hands.
- Consider using a paper towel or tissue to open common area doors, wherever possible.
- If you do not feel well please stay home.
* An additional special recommendation for American CPR Training® Instructors:
When training, it is still very important to include the 2 breaths when teaching regular C.A.R.E™ CPR, but during what has now been announced as a worldwide pandemic by WHO, we recommend you have the students “speak” the breath part during the hands-on training rather than actually breathing onto the manikin - even with the breathing barrier American CPR Training® provides for every student in our student packs. Every course with American CPR™ also, of course, covers Compression Only CPR™ for students unwilling or unable to perform full CPR.
Also - remember to regularly sterilize and wipe down your manikins and AED trainers with disinfecting wipes after every class.
We all need to do our part in order to avoid spreading this disease, and to avoid fear and uncertainty by taking intelligent precautions. We trust that you are all taking good care of yourselves and those around you and in your community.
As a public service organization we take our responsibility to remain open seriously.
You can still reach us during normal business hours via phone or email.
Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been directly impacted by this situation.