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Learn how to help safe a life with basic CPR and first-aid techniques; ideal for parents, teachers, and other non-medical professionals

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Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Must sign waiver. Customers that do not have the required student handbook from a previous AHA Heartsaver class will be required to purchase one for $14.95 upon arrival. Valid only for Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid course. Only valid for open registration courses. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

Students learn how to manage emergencies from cardiac arrest and choking to broken bones and shock through videos and in-classroom instruction from experienced teachers. In addition to giving them the skills to respond effectively until emergency medical personnel arrive, students also receive a completion card from the American Heart Association, which will certify them for two years. In addition to presenting this Groupon, students must purchase a handbook ($14.95).<p>

CPR: Keeping the Beat

As you prepare to learn CPR, take in a preview of the process and its history with Groupon's look at the often life-saving technique.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is unlikely to save a life on its own. Yet without it, a person is increasingly unlikely to survive cardiac arrest—that is, the state in which the heart abruptly stops beating. CPR isn't meant to bring anyone back from the dead, though. Rather, the goal is to keep blood moving and tissues oxygenated until medical professionals can shock the heart into pumping on its own using a defibrillator or other advanced life-support techniques.

Timing is everything. The American Heart Association recommends a compression rate of at least 100 beats per minute—the exact tempo, if it helps, of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" or Mötley Crüe's "Kickstart My Heart." On each beat, the chest should compress by at least 2 inches for adults. During full CPR, the rescuer often intersperses each set of 30 compressions with two one-second breaths into the patient's mouth—a process, known as ventilation, designed to deliver oxygen to the blood. However, this step is less important, and in many adults the compressions alone are enough to keep the blood's existing oxygen flowing, at least for the first few minutes. Regardless, the AHA has recommended that untrained rescuers stick to "hands-only" CPR unless instructed otherwise by an EMS dispatcher.

For such a basic medical technique, CPR is a relatively new development. Before the 1960s, early forms of CPR resembled a sort of bizarre dance between rescuer and patient, requiring much manipulation of the patient's arms and upper body. Today, CPR training is widely available to the public, and CPR protocols even exist for use on cats and dogs—in fact, canines served as modern CPR's earliest patients during its development at Johns Hopkins.

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    Colorado Emergency Training Services, LLC

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