What is an AED? And why do I need one?

In short, an AED or Automated External Defibrillator is a device that saves lives.  It analyzes the person’s heart and delivers an electrical shock, if needed,to eliminate an abnormal heart rhythm. 

AEDs are design to be simple to use. They use voice prompts to tell the user what to do, allowing anyone to be able to use it, even without prior training. 

The use of AEDs in the community has been associated with nearly doubling survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

AHA information

Who needs them? 

The American Heart Association supports placing AEDs in targeted public areas such as sports arenas, gated communities, office complexes, doctor's offices, shopping malls, etc. When AEDs are placed in the community or a business or facility, the AHA strongly encourages that they be part of a defibrillation program in which:

• Persons that acquire an AED notify the local EMS office. 
• A licensed physician or medical authority provides medical oversight to ensure quality control. 
• Persons responsible for using the AED are trained in CPR and how to use an AED.

Contact us for more information on Automated External Defibrillators or to setbup a program at your business www.EverydayHeroesCPR.net/AED


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Why get a babysitting certification

Many teens today want to use babysitting as a tool to earn money after school and on weekends. However, parents can be quite hesitant of hiring someone to watch their young children when they are away if that person has not had proper training. Parent concerns range from home safety, safe food handling, appropriate play activities to proper etiquette of the babysitter.

The ideal place for teens to be educated on all these topics is a Babysitter Certification Course. These courses should teach students how to handle infants (including bottle handling & how to change a diaper), appropriate playtime activities for children of different ages. The course should also educate students of how to be saver in a home when no adults are present (topics such as opening the door to strangers and answering phone calls). Most courses also cover topics such as cleaning up after yourself, being respectful of the home they are in.

Most importantly, these courses should teach students basic first aid and how to handle emergencies. It is important for babysitters be able to handle the bumps and bruises children often get, as well as be able to recognize an emergency. 

Many certification courses will teach teens how to handle their babysitting as a business. Educate them on how to document babysitting appointments, how to handle payments and how to market themselves to build a good base of customers.

Most Babysitting Certification courses do not include CPR/AED Certifications. This certification is just as vital as the Babysitting Certification. If you are looking for a course that is ideal for you teen, make sure you find one that includes the CPR certification. Being certified in CPR/AED can simply mean the difference between life and death in some situations. This additional certification will place your teen above all other babysitters in the area. This certification give parents confidence that their babysitter can handle emergencies of all types. Plus, by having the additional certification that is not required, it shows parents that this babysitter takes their responsibilities seriously and went the extra steps to further educate themselves.

So before your teen tries to build their customer base, make sure they are prepared as well as very marketable with a Babysitter Certification and CPR/AED Certification.

For more information, please visit our website:

Babysitter Certification Class

Beware of CPR class scams

CPR card scams

Be careful of cards that are made to look like American Heart Association cards. They want you to think they are official American Heart Association cards. Look carefully to make sure the card has the actual American Heart Association logo.

This is an older version of an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card

This is an older version of an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card

This is not an American Heart Association card. Notice how they make the card look very similar to an AHA card. The format is the same, same colors, they even make a similar logo in the upper right corner like the AHA card

This is not an American Heart Association card. Notice how they make the card look very similar to an AHA card. The format is the same, same colors, they even make a similar logo in the upper right corner like the AHA card

This is the current version of the American Heart Assocation BLS for Healthcare Provider card

This is the current version of the American Heart Assocation BLS for Healthcare Provider card

American Heart Association cards have security features to protect against fraud. For example, the cards have highlighted areas for the name, issue date, and renewal date so the information cannot be altered once the card is printed. Each discipline is designated by a color stripe at the top edge of both sides of the card. BLS and Heartsaver are Blue, ACLS is red, and PALS and PEARS are purple. All cards with a copyright year of 2006 or later use security microprinting for the information lines. For cards produced in 2001 and later, the card name in the top bar is the repeated text. For example, the microprint on the BLS for Healthcare Provider card is "HEALTHCAREPROVIDERHEALTHCAREPROVIDER" (Figure 1).  If the card is copied, the microprint is not visible and the line simply shows up as a line.


Online only classes

Some CPR "Training Centers" want to sell you a CPR card that you can get simply by taking a course online in about an hour. Don't be fooled by these companies, even if they guarantee that their class is accepted everywhere. Check with your regulatory agency to confirm what is required before taking

a class that is only online with no hands-on skills involved. Don't believe a website just because it says they are accepted by everyone. Most regulatory agencies, especially for healthcare providers, require hands-on practice and testing, and an increasing number of medical facilities are specifically requiring American Heart Association certification. In fact, there are agencies such as the California EMS Authority that requires childcare providers to receive 8 hours of pediatric first aid including CPR and AED, and no part of it can be online. The American Heart Association offers all courses, except Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, in an online format, but students are required to perform the skills for an AHA Instructor to receive their card. Don't get tricked into taking an ACLS or PALS course that is only online. Any agency that requires you to obtain your ACLS or PALS certification will need to to actually perform skills.

Besides, are you really learning how to do CPR or run a cardiac arrest code when you never actually perform the skills? Anyone can read a book or watch a video. You learn the skills a lot more when you actually do them. Don't sell your patients short. Get the right training so you can help them when they need it.


Random guy in the parking lot

Another dangerous way to receive your CPR card is to get it from a guy that just prints one out for you without actually taking a class. Entire groups of hospital personnel have had their cards made invalid and subsequently fired from their jobs because they got their cards from someone printing them in the parking lot for $20 at their lunch break. A proper American Heart Association course involves watching the proper AHA videos, performing the skills, testing the skills, and a written exam (if necessary). This is why every student must sign in to the course roster with their name, address, and phone number. That way each student could be contacted to make sure the class was conducted in the proper manner should questions arise in the future.


Fake American Heart Association classes


Don't be fooled by a website that says "Uses American Heart Association standards" They are not affiliated with the American Heart Association. They just use the same standards and want you to think they are official. Look for the American Heart Association logo to make sure it is an official American Heart Association training center or training site.

Don't waste your money and risk your job. Get the right training the first time. American Heart Association courses are the gold standard in Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

If you've heard of any other CPR scams, please let us know so we can add them and get the information out to everyone.

Elk Grove brings Smart 911 Northern California

Recently our local city emergency services partnered with Smart 911 to improve emergency response, becoming the first city in Northern California to implement the system. The system allows citizens to proactively provide important information about yourself and your family to the 911 center before an emergency happens. The system is tied to your phone number so even if you call from a cell phone, if it's registered in the system, they will have your information. You can give them as much or as little information as you are comfortable giving.

From Smart911.com:  Smart911 allows you to proactively provide details on your family and home that 9-1-1 may need in order to send help in the event of an emergency. It is private and secure, and funded by local municipalities and 9-1-1 centers so that it is free to you.  Smart911 is endorsed by citizens, community groups and public safety officials. While not yet deployed everywhere across the U.S., its availability is growing daily. Even if it is not yet in your area, it will work anywhere you travel.

Smart911 also assists in finding callers. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 70 percent of calls to 911 are from mobile devices with limited location information. Smart911 allows residents to associate their family’s mobile phones with home and work addresses, as well as specific family members, which can assist with quickly dispatching the appropriate response team to the right location. 
Smart911 is a free service available to all residents, and officials describe it as “100 percent private and secure.”