CPR training is not new to the city of Portland. The first studies on CPR as a lifesaving skill was conducted around the 50s and 60s, while the turn of the century emphasized the important of learning basic CPR – for people in healthcare and the general public. A number of organizations all over the world started releasing periodic reports on the health status of the population, further raising awareness on the dangers of heart disease and the need for CPR training.
In Portland, Portland CPR remains the top provider of CPR classes in the state. There are basic and advanced certification courses depending on what you need. Re-certification classes are also offered for certified rescuers who need to renew their training credentials. You can visit our website for a list of all our courses and contact details.
The truth about heart disease
A pre-existing heart condition is the most common cause of cardiac arrest. Ischemic heart disease specifically is the number one cause of mortality in the world. In American alone, it is the leading cause of death in both men and women. According to the statistics, 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year; that’s a statistics of 1 in every 4 deaths. In 2014, a predicted close to a million Americans will get a heart attack, racking up nationwide health care system expenditures of $ 100 billion annually.
Cardiac arrest is almost always fatal, especially since most of them occur outside of a hospital. Survival rates for out-of-hospital arrests are at a low 9.5 percent. In hospital arrests are much higher, 24 percent for adults and 40.2 percent for children. In 2013, the incidence of out-of-hospital and in-hospital arrests were 359,4000 and 209,000 respectively. CPR is so important when you look at all these statistics, especially for arrests that happen out of the hospital.
CPR training in Portland
Portland CPR training programs are categorized under basic and advanced certification. Basic certification follows the Basic Life Support guidelines while advanced certification follows the Advanced Life Support guidelines. There are three basic programs and two advanced programs available, as well as three re-certification classes.
- Basic CPR and AED for the general public (BLS) – 4 hours
- Basic CPR and AED for HCPs (BLS) – 4.5 hours
- Basic Life Support for HCPs (BLS) – 4.5 hours
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) – 2 days, 16 hours
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support – 2 days, 14 hours
- BLS for HCPs re-certification – 4 hours
- ACLS re-certification – 5 hours
- PALS re-certification – 6 hours
Once you finish any of our certification courses for BLS and ALS, we will award you with a training credential for the course that you took. It expires after two years and we require all rescuers to sign up for re-certification before expiration. Re-certification is typically shorter than the training program; students are usually able to finish them in a single session.