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Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) does not happen often. But when it does, survival often depends on Good Samaritan volunteer bystanders acting quickly by calling 911, performing hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Are the people in your organization ready to help? With the Readiness Systems online CPR/AED Good Samaritan Training Course (GSTC), they will be.

We offer the Good Samaritan Training Course so that everyone can be hero-ready to try and save a life. Our CPR/AED Good Samaritan training offers an affordable, accessible, compliant and fast way for you to create an organization-wide SCA response team. By making Good Samaritan CPR and AED training available to all, you increase the chances a member of your organization will answer the call when faced with a sudden cardiac arrest emergency, likely a once-in-a-lifetime event.

What is the CPR/AED Good Samaritan Training Course?

The Good Samaritan Training Course is a 15-minute, online, video-based, self-directed adult CPR/AED training program designed for anyone who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory or other reasons or who is simply interested in learning this important life skill. During the course, students learn:

How to recognize sudden cardiac arrest
The importance of immediately calling 911 and asking others to retrieve a nearby AED if one is available
That voluntarily stepping up can only help and not hurt an SCA victim, giving individuals the confidence to try and save a life
Where hands should be placed to deliver hands-only CPR
How deep and how frequently to push on the chest while performing CPR
How to use an AED
The importance of continuing life-saving efforts until professional emergency medical services resources arrive
That, because lawsuit risks are so low, legal liability concerns should be no barrier to trying to help an SCA victim

Online, self-directed training is one of the training methods recommended in the American Heart Association’s Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care (Guidelines) to provide Good Samaritan lay bystanders with CPR and AED knowledge and skills. In fact, studies referenced in the Guidelines show that video-based instruction – like our Good Samaritan Training Course – is as effective as instructor-led training. It is a great choice for AED programs wanting to leverage the benefits of online learning to create the best chances of AED program success with an organization-wide SCA response team.

Benefits of the CPR/AED Good Samaritan Training Course

The GSTC removes time and cost barriers previously standing in the way of empowering every member of your organization with the ability to save lives. The subscription-based Readiness Systems CPR/AED Good Samaritan Training Course:

Can be completed online in about 15-minutes rather than hours like other courses
Is only $49 per student for a two-year subscription, including video-based instruction and quiz, a course completion card valid for two years and unlimited access to the course (contact us for organizational discounts)
Includes periodic email booster training scenarios to enhance confidence and keep knowledge and skills fresh and ready between course viewings
Follows the training recommendations found in the Guidelines
Is compliant with AED law training requirements that exist in some states
Can be taken anytime from anywhere on any device – computer, tablet or smartphone
Is as effective as instructor-led training

Most people in your organization may never encounter someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. But if they do, the Good Samaritan Training Course will give them the confidence, knowledge and skills to impact a life by saving a life. That is what hero-ready means. The benefits to the SCA victim and their circle of family, friends and colleagues is immeasurable. 

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Does the Good Samaritan Training Course (GSTC) follow AHA Guidelines?
Yes. Here is the context. The American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care (Guidelines) offer science-based recommendations for CPR, AED and emergency cardiac care training course content and teaching methods. Contrary to popular belief, the Guidelines contain voluntary recommendations, not mandates or legally binding standards. The Guidelines are designed primarily for North American healthcare providers, but they also touch on hands-only CPR and AED training aimed at lay bystanders (Good Samaritans). The GSTC fully adheres to Guidelines recommendations for lay bystander training content delivered via a self-directed online learning platform.

Is the GSTC compliant with state AED law training requirements?
Absolutely. Here is the context. Some states (not all) have laws requiring CPR/AED training for certain people involved in AED programs. Because it adheres to AHA Guidelines recommendations for Good Samaritan lay bystander training, the GSTC is fully compliant with all state AED law training requirements. Keep in mind that states are not permitted to mandate that AED programs purchase or use training from any specific training vendor, though they may improperly suggest otherwise. From an AED law compliance perspective, organizations are free to choose Guidelines adherent CPR/AED training from any vendor that best matches their operational and budget needs, including the GSTC.

Does the GSTC meet my job’s training requirements?
That depends. If your occupation falls under specific licensing, regulatory or certification rules, you will need to check with your employer or the agency or licensing board that regulates your profession to find out what specific types of training you need. For most lay bystanders however, organizations are free to choose CPR/AED training that best matches their operational and budget needs, including the GSTC.

Isn’t hands-on practice and skills verification required for CPR/AED training?
No. Unlike healthcare providers or designated professional emergency medical responders, online learning for Good Samaritan lay bystanders without hands-on practice and skills verification follows Guidelines recommendations. This training approach is one of the most important strategies aimed at reducing sudden cardiac death because it offers the potential to dramatically increase the number of people with the confidence, basic knowledge and skills, and willingness to help SCA victims. And lay bystander training studies referenced in the Guidelines show no CPR performance differences associated with hands-on practice. Keep in mind though, that some jobs or occupational licenses may require training that includes practice and skills verification.

What agencies or organizations approve CPR/AED training courses?
None. Contrary to popular belief, there are no government or independent third-party accrediting bodies empowered or authorized to endorse, approve or accredit CPR/AED training courses. Training vendors develop courses and self-determine adherence to the Guidelines. This is true for every CPR/AED training organization, including the training arms of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. No courses, including those offered under the AHA or ARC brands, are reviewed or accredited externally. Similarly, contrary to language found in many state AED laws, there are no standards for defining or objectively designating a “nationally recognized” training organization and no government or independent third-party bodies are empowered or authorized to “nationally recognize” any training organization or training course.

What are the liability risks of trying to help an SCA victim with CPR or AED use?
In the United States, with its very high litigation rates, it is certainly reasonable to raise SCA response liability concerns. But the chances of getting sued for trying to help someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest with CPR and AED use are near zero. Given this very low risk, liability considerations should not stop people from stepping in and stepping up to create the best chance of survival.

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