Portland CPR stands out above other training providers in Oregon because of the quality of CPR training we give students. Our prices are likewise the most affordable in city. Most providers cannot offer quality programs for cheap rates. With Portland CPR, you get the best training at a fraction of the cost. CPR certification is available for all of our training programs. There are classes tailored for the general public while other classes are tailored for healthcare providers.
Enrolment is quite hassle-free, with an application form available 24/7 on the Portland CPR website. It can be filled out at any time with personal and program details but expect a reply during business hours only. Applications sent through e-mail or over telephone will likewise be processed during business hours long. In-person enrolments are encouraged by the very helpful staff.
Any certificate awarded to a student upon completing a program has a validity of 2 years. If the rescuer decides that he wants to renew the certificate before it expires, he or she may do so in a re-certification program. However, should the certificate expire, the training program will have to be taken again.
Basic Life Support classes
Basic Life Support classes are focused on one thing: skill building. Because BLS programs are generally shorter than the more complex ALS classes, they focus more on the technical aspect of giving CPR, such as giving compressions, rescue breaths, and using a defibrillator. Basic first aid is also part of the BLS programs, teaching students how to manage choking emergencies, bleeding, and broken bones.
- Heartsaver CPR/AED – This program runs for a total of four hours, without an accompanying re-certification program. It teaches one-person CPR to the general public. A skills test is given at the end to certify the rescuers, but is not mandatory for students to take.
- Heartsaver CPR/AED (C) – This program is tailored towards healthcare providers, running longer for four and a half hours. It also teaches one-person CPR rescue to HCPs. The post-test that certifies students is mandatory, composed of a practical and written exam.
- Basic Life Support – This program teaches one-person and two-person CPR to HCPs over a course of 4.5 hours. The curriculum also includes the 2010 BLS guidelines from the American Heart Association. A post-test is also given at the end to certify the rescuer. Re-certification runs slightly shorter at 4 hours.
Advanced Life Support
ALS classes are for healthcare providers, teaching CPR management with equipment and medication found in clinical settings. The “crash cart” and its components are taught to trainees, primarily equipment like bag valve masks and tracheal tubes, and the medications given during cardiac arrest.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) – ACLs is a long program that runs for 16 hours total, with the program completed in two days. It teaches CPR management for adult patients, pharmacology for adults, and adult assessment. Re-certification runs for 5 to 6 hours.
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – PALS teaches CPR management for pediatc victims, pediatric pharmacology, and pediatric assessment. Re-certification runs for 6 to 8 hours.