Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is everywhere - it's in your preparedness drills, in movie scenes, in news reports, and even in social media. It's reasonable too, as heart attacks and respiratory arrests happen in unpredictable times and places, sometimes with a rescuer lucky enough to know CPR or in unfortunate times, none. You may have come across news about a person performing CPR and saving another's life, regarding such with high respect and heroism, and having that feeling of relief over the rescued life.
With the proper technique and skills though, you can be exactly in that rescuer's place, if not for the heroism then for the lives that need not only the help of the bystander that calls 911, but immediate CPR too.
If you feel pumped up now and luckily live somewhere in Chicago, then there's a lot of health and training centers ready to provide you with quality CPR classes that will help you achieve that goal. Listed are 3 of the best training centers that will help you get started in taking up CPR classes in Chicago:
1. Affinity Institute
Located in the Illinois area, they provide a variety of life safety training classes, that includes courses such as in-demand, basic CPR training or Basic Life Support (BLS), Automated External Defibrillators (AED), First Aid, and other related classes. For people who couldn't make it to their site, they also administer online classes. They are open and available for healthcare professionals, pediatricians, and even people in the non-hospital setting (work, school, community, etc.). Their certifications, as required of any CPR class in Chicago, is AHA approved.
2. Saving Chicago CPR
Similar to the one before, it is an approved, classroom-based training site by the American Heart Association that provides courses on basic CPR and BLS, AED, First Aid, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), as well as Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for the physicians who will be needing this certification in handling people in a younger age range (infants to 8 year-old children). Aside from an onsite training center in North Milwaukee Avenue, they also offer several online courses related to CPR.
3. CPR Associates, Inc.
They are a well-known industry partner of the American Heart Association for more than 35 years, providing quality CPR classes and certifications in Greater Chicago and surrounding districts. Their doors are open for every healthcare professional in need (nurses, pediatricians, trainers, etc.) and non-healthcare employees, with the ultimate objective of well-preparing its participants for emergency scenarios and creating "heart-savers-on-demand".
Some of the courses that they offer are CPR/BLS, First Aid, ACLS, PALS, and other advanced courses for the professionals' needs (e.g. Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Blood Borne Pathogen, IV Therapy, you name it). With just a call and an appointment, they're sure to get recommend you a course that's appropriate for you, and at completion will instantly gift you the certification of your chosen course.
They implement "proactive CPR skills administration through spontaneous, confident delivery in life-threatening situations with training skills application" at two on-site locations in Chicago (e.g. Peterson and Foster). Making sure that all their resources give the participants the best experience, CPR Associates Inc. excellently train their staff in their respective courses with the necessary tools and techniques that are in line with the AHA's standards and research, employed with the current medical trends.