Pediatric First Aid and CPR

With summer approaching, public activity increases – particularly for children and teens.   Unfortunately, accompanying sunny days filled with outdoor activities, the rate of injury also increases.  While the medical experts encourage increased physical activity, added attention to safety and prevention of injury is the objective.  Finding the best method to support this goal is sometimes challenging.  However, resources are becoming easier to find with courses in CPR and Basic First Aid available in almost every community throughout the U.S.


            Of note is the push from the American Heart Association for young people to learn these basic skills.  Classes developed to support active youth in sporting venues or kids in a classroom have proven the catalyst to propel the younger populace into training in these life-saving techniques.  These courses are a tremendous “resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters or anyone responsible for the care and safety of children.” (American Heart Association –


            Research has shown that the increase of injury during the summer months has not declined over the years.   Per the American Heart Association:


More than 12,000 children die from accidental injuries each year, and more than 9.2 million are treated in the ER for nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  (American Heart Association –



      Finding a safe way to engage in summertime fun, encouraging our youth to become less sedentary and “get going” becomes tricky when injuries factor in.  Our children have increasingly suffered from a lifestyle of junk-food, over-sized food portions and inactivity – all of which leads to diabetes, obesity and poor health overall.  How to encourage a shift from the current trends for kids and boost their activity levels while at the same time maintaining their safety is a question many have asked.  The answer lies in implementing safety measures and providing solid first-responder training.

 Classes in Pediatric First Aid and CPR


            Those resources are close by and can often be found by searching for CPR or Basic First Aid training centers.  Surefire CPR provides such training in Orange County, California.  Community friendly courses are offered with hands-on training provided under a non-stressful learning environment.  All courses are American Heart Association certified. 


The AHA’s Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED online course is designed to meet the training needs of child care providers in almost all 50 states.  “Reacting quickly and effectively in an emergency is vital because unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death of U.S. children,” said Jeff A. Woodin, Lieutenant Firefighter/National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic (NREMT-P). (American Heart Association –


Staying within AHA guidelines and obtaining certification with the official approval of the American Heart Association differentiates novice training from a more thorough educational experience. 


            The training course is an all-in-one solution to learn four key steps in giving first aid: prevention, being safe, calling 9-1-1 and taking action. Additionally the course includes adult CPR/AED, child mask, infant mask and asthma care training. The course meets the regulatory requirements for childcare workers, but its contents are also invaluable skills for parents to learn so they are empowered to care for their children in the event of an emergency.  (American Heart Association –


Enjoying summertime activities can be worry free – take a course in CPR or Basic First Aid and be prepared to save a life!

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