There are so many CPR training programs out there today. It’s hard to know which are considered high-quality programs and which have little to no weight if you need a certification for an employer or licensing agency.
All reputable CPR training programs follow the resuscitation guidelines provided by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). These guidelines are traditionally updated every 5 years — but will now be released as needed — and are continuously evaluated to ensure the most up-to-date research is being used in the most effective manner. ILCOR’s ultimate goal is to save more lives globally through resuscitation.
In turn, training programs develop and update their curriculum based on these guidelines. EMS Safety creates new materials with each major guideline release and continues to update the curriculum any time there are significant additional updates.
Is EMS Safety approved by AHA?
We are often asked if the EMS Safety program is approved by the American Heart Association (AHA) or follows the AHA guidelines. This is a general misconception. ILCOR is comprised of numerous organizations, including AHA. However, AHA does not approve other training programs, nor does it produce its own guidelines. Instead, AHA follows the same guidelines produced by ILCOR that EMS Safety follows. Therefore, we are an equivalent program with the documentation to prove it.
You can feel safe knowing that all equivalent programs are teaching the same materials as far as treatment and care. We just package and deliver it differently.
What makes EMS Safety different from other programs?
EMS Safety’s programs are equivalent to the AHA CPR/AED program and the American Red Cross First Aid program. We are 1 of 7 nationally-recognized programs and have more than 270 approvals from federal, state, local and private organizations.
We require hands-on skills practice and testing which increases learning and retention. This is something you won’t find with online-only programs. The EMS Safety course is fully interactive and designed to be engaging for students no matter their learning style. Stories from real rescuers, real victims and real emergency scenes leave a lasting impression that really drives home the point that these life-saving skills aren’t just something students use to check off a box for work. These are real skills that will likely be used in both their personal and professional lives.
Our Instructors and our students enjoy our realistic learning materials from our course videos to our Instructor Manuals to our student workbooks. To take a CPR, AED and First Aid class, find an Instructor near you. Interested in teaching with EMS Safety? Click here to become an EMS Safety Instructor!