Portland CPR offers quality training with the best CPR educators in Oregon. From the wide variety of programs to very affordable training fees, we offer the best choices for CPR training in the city. You have a choice of basic and advanced CPR classes, with all classes including first aid lessons. Because all of our classes are taught by certified providers, our trainees learn the latest and best knowledge and skills in CPR.
If you need basic or advanced CPR and first aid training, you can enroll in our programs through the Portland CPR website. The online form is available all day and can be filled out whenever the trainee is available. Similarly, we also allow prospective students to send in their application through e-mail, telephone call, or in person (during operating hours).
Learning about CPR
The need for CPR skills is one of the most basic lifesaving techniques that medical and non-medical people should have. When a person gets a heart attack, his or her heart can stop beating. If the heart stop beating, the first management one is CPR. CPR involves the use of three techniques: compression, ventilation, and defibrillation. If you are a bystander to a heart attack event, the most you can do is the first two. The third can only be done if a defibrillator is available.
What do these skills do?
When a rescuer gives chest compressions, the chest is depressed to manually pump the heart. This sends blood circulating manually to the rest of the body. In adults, compression depth is at least two inches and in infants and toddlers, slightly shallower at 1.5 inches. Compressions will also help restore the spontaneous beating of the heart as well.
Ventilation is given to cardiac arrest victims because they usually don’t breathe normally after a heart attack. Without regular breathing, blood cannot get oxygenated, and no matter how many compressions do you, oxygen won’t get delivered to the tissues and organs. Rescue breaths by either bag valve mask or mouth and compressions are given at a rate of 30 compressions for every two rescue breaths.
Defibrillation, unlike what is often depicted in movies, can only be done in a victim experiencing severe cardiac arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia. It cannot be given to a victim is in asystole, or flat line. The total amount of joules given to an adult is different from the amount given to children. Height and weight also factor in when computing the correct amount of electricity to send to the heart.
CPR and first aid training in Portland
Basic Life Support (basic CPR and first aid)
- Heartsaver – one-person rescue (general public class); 4 hours
- Heartsaver C – one-person rescue; 4.5 hours
- Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers – one and two-person rescue; 4.5 hours
Advanced Life Support (advanced CPR and first aid)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support – in-hospital management of adults
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support – in-hospital management of children (infants and toddlers)