Our training service provider, Portland CPR, has top quality CPR courses offered all through the week at very affordable rates. If you need certification for CPR training, then you’ve come to the right place – we award students with training credentials easily and hassle-free as long as they complete all of our requirements. You can choose from a variety of programs, either in Basic or Advanced Life Support. We also have re-certification classes for trainees who want to renew certificates that are nearing expiry.
If you want to enrol in one of our training programs, just visit the Portland CPR website for our contact details and an online enrolment form you can use.
Training certificates at Portland CPR
The training certificates that we award students are valid for a complete 24 months before they expire. They can be renewed for an additional 24 months through a re-certification class, but this is only applicable to certificates that are still valid and whose programs have an accompanying re-certification course. Only three of our programs have re-certification available.
To receive your training certificate, you need to have complete attendance and a passing grade on the certification test given when you finish the program.
Health in the state of Oregon
The health statistics for 2012 in Oregon show that the leading cause of death in the state is malignant neoplasms – cancer, with 176 cases diagnosed in every 100,000 population. However, at a close second is heart disease, with 143 cases diagnosed in every 100,000 population. By September 2012, there were over 6,226 cases of heart disease diagnosed in Oregon, that’s 180 cases for every 100,000 men and 112 cases for every 100,000 w0men.
According to the WHO, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the entire world, with stroke coming in a close second. That means that the population has a predisposition to get diagnosed with cardiac problems more than any other disease. Cardiac problems are very dangerous and can lead to cardiac arrest and eventual death if not managed properly.
Cardiac arrest and CPR
Cardiac arrest happens when not enough blood flow is reaching the heart, causing the cardiac muscle to lose function and die. In order to restore the blood flow to the rest of the body, cardiopulmonary resuscitation is used, also termed CPR. CPR uses rescue breaths and chest compressions to circulate oxygenated blood to the body in the absence of spontaneous beating of the heart.
Under Basic Life Support, the use of compressions and rescue breaths are aimed to try and restore the spontaneous circulation of blood in the body. Advanced Life Support works similarly under the same principles, but adds drug therapy and use of diagnostics and equipment to the list of interventions used.
We offer the following CPR training courses to our students:
- Heartsaver CPR – A basic CPR program for the general public and healthcare providers (HCPs). The program for the public is 4 hours and the HCP program is 4.5 hours. The curriculum includes one-person CPR, AED, and first aid training.
- Basic Life Support – Another basic CPR program for HCPs, that lasts 4.5 hours. It teaches both one and two-person CPR rescue, first aid, AED, and BLS guidelines training.