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AHA PALS Certification Classes in Berkeley

Starting next month, we will provide PALS classes in Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose! This class is recommended for people renewing or taking if for the first time.

This Web-based, self-directed program teaches healthcare providers knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children. Using eSimulation technology, students assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning about pediatric advanced life support.

For more information of the class, please visit our website:

Bekeley PALS Certificate


Don’t forget to check in on Facebook on day of your class to get your Free Key Chain Mask!

Berkeley CPR Classes

2076 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94704



In the past year there have been headlines about teens saving fellow athletes just days after participating in CPR and first-aid training.  In fact, teens in El Cerrito, CA are an essential target audience for teaching vital first-aid and CPR skills.  Increasingly independent and mobile, they need instruction to raise their awareness about life-threatening issues and also to give them the informational tools they need–tools that could help them to save someone’s life.

Teaching First-Aid to Teens
While school curriculums provide basic health instruction, these classes may touch on some first-aid, but are not as comprehensive as a First-Aid course in Berkeley designed with first-aid and CPR as the main focus.  Teens should seek out coursework available in near El Cerrito, CA.

Teens need basic first aid skills to complement all the activities they do.  They play sports for school and at local playgrounds where adult supervision may not be present.  They go on camping trips or attend parties without supervision.  Many teens babysit younger children and even infants.  First-Aid instruction, therefore, is vital for this demographic.  Moreover, by encouraging them to obtain this knowledge at a young age, instructors in Berkeley, CA can instill the value and importance of continued training and the importance of renewing First-Aid certifications near El Cerrito,CA.

Lifesaving Teens
Some teens are learning CPR skills in their schools.  For example, the American Heart Association has designed a CPR in Schools Training Kit that contains the materials an instructor needs to teach ten students CPR at a time.  So, for teaching the volleyball team or Football squad CPR, a few kits could be procured for the job.  The kits can be reused so each one has the potential to teach hundreds of kids CPR skills.

According to the American Heart Association’s website, “any adult or student leader can facilitate the 30-minute CPR session”.  Some states now require CPR training to be a graduation requirement.  Even if your state does not mandate teenage CPR or first-aid training, it’s a service that more schools should consider as it benefits students for life as well as their families and communities.

First-Aid Skills for Teens
First-Aid training in Berkeley, CA,  gives teens an awareness of safety issues that affect their demographic.  They often find themselves in situations, for instance, where underage drinking may be occurring or even illicit drug use.  First aid instruction can be tailored to provide information that allows teens to better cope with these situations.  What do they do if their friend passes out from too much drinking?  How might they help someone experiencing a seizure before emergency services can show up?

Teens have the capability to perform first-aid.  On the cusp of adulthood, teens will learn vital skills that they may need to help a friend but in a few years, these same skills may help them save their own child or a parent or grandparent.  If you have a teen, encourage them to get instruction for basic first-aid and CPR.

Oakland, CA American Heart Association BLS classes

When: Sunday November 10th, 2013

Time: From 1pm to 4pm

Cost: $80

How to perform Adult CPR

We are an American Heart Association Training Center. The BLS class is 3 hours long. You will also receive your BLS certificate card on day of class!

Come in your Bike or take BART and get a Free Key Chain Mask!

For more information of our classes please go to our website:


Berkeley CPR Classes
Raj Properties – in the courtyard
2076 University Avenue, Suite B
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 225-6216

Downtown Berkeley Bart: 2 blocks away
Parking Garages: 3-4 within 2 blocks




Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a procedure intended to maintain some degree of blood circulation and oxygenation of the brain and other vital organs of cardiac arrest victims. Cardiac arrest may occur suddenly, especially in adults, and can be brought about by various causes, such as heart attack, trauma, or drowning. Basic CPR maneuvers, such as chest compressions and rescue breathing, are suited for most cases; however, special circumstances, like severe bleeding or dangerous chest wounds, may require a different approach.

CPR is not the exclusive domain of health care professionals; although CPR training at STS in Berkeley and experience are excellent when available, any minimally informed person can be helpful. Also, CPR is not actually expected to restore victims to consciousness and safety, and inexperienced rescuers should not be daunted by their efforts’ failure to produce noticeable effects. Rather, basic resuscitation maneuvers are meant to improve the victim’s chances of survival until a professional medical crew can intervene.

The most important thing for an inexperienced rescuer to remember is the correct sequence of actions. The first step is, necessarily, calling the emergency services number. If there are at least two rescuers, one should make the call and remain on the telephone with the emergency dispatcher, who can provide real-time guidance until the ambulance crew arrives. If you are a lone rescuer, you will have to multitask as best you might, and call for assistance while you move on to the next steps; use the phone’s handsfree function, if you can, to remain in touch with the dispatcher.

The next step is ascertaining whether the victim has actually suffered cardiac arrest, and is in need of CPR. The pulse can be difficult to check without prior training, and it may not immediately reveal a cardiac arrest, so attempting to take the pulse should be dispensed with. Briefly check for basic awareness: firmly shake the arm and call out loudly, and if the person is not responsive, lay him or her on the back. Just as briefly, check the victim’s breathing; if you cannot detect any, or if all you can observe is panting or gasping, begin performing chest compressions.

The latest AHA (American Heart Association) guidelines on CPR that is taught in our CPR Courses in Berkeley, released in 2010, represent a moderate departure from older recommendations. The long-standing ‘A-B-C’ of resuscitation (airway, breathing, and, finally, compression) has been revised; chest compressions now have priority, and it is even recommended that untrained rescuers limit their efforts to this ‘hands-only’ procedure (cardiocerabral resuscitation). The AHA argues that the lungs and blood still hold some oxygen even after breathing has ceased, and forced circulation alone, through chest compressions, can save lives.

To perform chest compressions, lay your palms one over the other, with fingers loosely interlaced, the heel of the hand firmly pressing against the center of the victim’s chest. Press down and release repeatedly, quickly and forcefully, allowing the chest to rebound completely after each push. For adults and children, the compression depth should be at least a couple of inches (or five centimeters,) and only 1.5 inches (or four centimeters) for infants. Use the weight of your body when pressing down, or your arms will tire out quickly. If you have no CPR training, just keep doing this until the ambulance crew relieves you.

Chest compressions must be performed at a rate of at least 100 per minute; a popular AHA training video has employed the useful pun of recommending to time compressions by mentally keeping the rhythm of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” hit. If you have CPR training in Berkeley, after about 30 compressions you can move on to opening the airway by tilting back the head and lifting the chin forward, and then perform mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose rescue breathing; repeat in cycles of 30 compressions and two one-second breaths, until you can perceive the chest rising after a rescue breath, or until help arrives.

Without oxygen, irreversible brain damage and, eventually, death will occur within minutes; forced circulation through chest compressions and, if possible, rescue breathing can prolong this short grace period. Call for help immediately after concluding that the victim is unconscious and not breathing normally, or ask a nearby person to make the call, and begin performing CPR without hesitation. Even if you lack formal training and experience, a cardiac arrest victim’s life may depend on your determination and willingness to help.

Berkeley American Heart Association CPR and First-aid

American Heart Association CPR & First-aid Class

In 1960, after the American Heart Association recognized the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, as an invaluable lifesaving skill, the United States launched a nationwide campaign to educate both medical professionals and volunteers on the correct method of administration.

In emergency medical situations, CPR can sustain life long enough for medical professionals to diagnose and treat victims. It is performed in a series of three steps. First, an unresponsive victim is assessed to determine whether or not they are breathing. If not, then intervals of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions are administered in a dual effort to provide air to the victim’s lungs and blood to the victim’s brain. This process of alternating intervals is continued until the victim begins to breathe again, or until medical professionals can assess, diagnose, and begin a course of treatment.

The most effective technique for the administration of CPR was developed by Dr. Peter Safar and Dr. James Elam. These two doctors were a part of the American Heart Association’s coordinated effort to educate medical professionals and volunteers on the proper administration of CPR during emergency medical situations.
Safar approached toymaker Asmund Laerdal, enlisting him to create a realistic mannequin for use in CPR training. Laerdal responded with a mannequin modeled after an anonymous woman whose body was fished out of the River Seine in Paris around the turn of the twentieth century (
This woman’s features had originally been reproduced in the form of a death mask and had gained in popularity in Parisian society. Consequently, Laerdal had a reproduction of the death mask at the time of Safar’s request. While the woman may have died anonymously, Laerdal graced her memory in the form of a mannequin he created and sold with the name “Resci Anne.”

Though she has assumed several nicknames since her creation in 1960, perhaps she is most affectionately known and recognized in the United States as “Rescue Annie.” She has withstood the test of time, having been reproduced for over sixty years and counting; additionally, she has proven herself an essential component in any CPR training course and we at Berkeley CPR Courses agree .

Over the years, “Rescue Annie’s” family has grown to include other realistic mannequins to assist in CPR training. There is a male mannequin, “Rescue Randy,” as well as an infant mannequin, “Baby Resci.” In addition, a dark skinned Annie exists, as well as a line of products collectively known under the umbrella line of “Little Anne.” These products, along with the mannequins themselves, continue to be manufactured by Laerdal, the original toymaker responsible for the first “Rescue Annie.”

Once the American Heart Association recognized the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, it became a priority to not only raise national awareness of the lifesaving technique, but to also provide instruction on its proper administration. For this reason, the doctors who were responsible for developing the technique asked for assistance in the form of realistic mannequins to help aid them in CPR training courses as well as our own Berkeley CPR Certification Classes. “Rescue Annie” was the first of those mannequins, and for this reason, her name has become synonymous with CPR.

BLS Healthcare Providers classes in Berkeley

Wednesday , 10/03/2012 at 3:00 pm

Wednesday , 10/10/2012 at 9:00 am

Sunday , 10/14/2012 at 9:00 am

Upcoming BLS class in Berkeley

American Heart Association CPR in Oakland/Berkeley, CA

Safety Training Seminars Opens A New American Heart Association CPR Certification Training School in Berkeley, CA

Safety Training Seminars is proud to announce their newest American Heart Association CPR training school in Berkeley, California. The new location will be located at the corner of University Ave & Shattuck Avenue near the Downtown Berkeley Bart station. The American Heart Association classes offered to the public will be CPR, BLS, First-aid, ACLS, PALS, and phlebotomy classes. Students will receive official American Heart Association CPR certification cards after their training.

The American Heart Association estimates that 92% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.  Many of these deaths could have been prevented if a family member performed CPR. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. It is important that the people of Berkeley come together to learn CPR & First-aid in case of a life-threatening emergency. The American Heart Association promotes the importance of early intervention and increasing public access to defibrillation. The AHA trains over 12 million people per year in their Emergency Cardiac Care programs. Their mission is to reduce disability and death from acute circulatory and respiratory emergencies by improving the chain of survival in every community and in every health care system.

In celebration of the opening of our new Oakland/Berkeley CPR Classroom, Safety Training Seminars will offer Free CPR Masks to all students who attend a CPR certification in Berkeley during our first month in business.  Many people would be reluctant to put their mouth on a victim that they do not know. However, when you have a Free keychain CPR mask, a rescuer would be more willing to help out. To register for one of these CPR classes, please visit our Oakland Berkeley CPR Classes website. If you are a parent, or involved in a Berkeley parent group, spread the word to your membership about the importance of learning CPR and First-aid by the American Heart Association.

Safety Training Seminars is proud to provide American Heart Association CPR classes to the residents of Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda County.

Oakland/Berkeley AHA BLS Courses

The American Heart Association in Oakland/Berkeley provides BLS classes on 2076 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704. The official name of the class is AHA Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Providers but it also goes by the name: BLS, BCLS, AHA BLS or BLS HCP. Here are the upcoming classes:

Oakland/Berkeley BLS CPR Classes