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CPR, and First Aid courses in Boston
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  • ACLS Provider Course Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

    • The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital.
    • The goal of the ACLS Provider Course is to improve the quality of care provided to the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies.
    • You will enhance your skills in the treatment of arrest and peri-arrest patients through active participation in a series of simulated cardiac and respiratory cases.
    • These simulations are designed to reinforce important concepts, including
    • The Basic Life Support (BLS) Primary Survey
    • The ACLS Secondary Survey
    • ACLS algorithms
    • Effective resuscitation team dynamics


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    The American Heart Association Heart Saver

    • Primary & Secondary Assessment of the victim and scene
    • Assessment and management of medical emergencies
    • Assessment and management of injury emergencies
    • Assessment and management of environmental emergencies
    • Learn life saving skills
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    American Heart Association CPR BLS Course

    • Use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    • Assessment of a victim’s breathing and pulse
    • CPR rescue breathing and CPR chest compressions
    • One and two person CPR of adult, child, and infant
    • Lots of hands on practice
    • Foreign body airway obstruction techniques (Heimlich maneuver)
    • Use of mouth-shields and other barrier devices
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    2014 Holiday Toy Drive

    Thank you to all that participated in our annual holiday toy drive. You’ve put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.

    2014 Toy Drive

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    Tammy Pham making a difference….

    One of CPR Boston’s Finest was recognized for the YMCA Achievers Award for her Community Contributions.  Join us in congratulating Ms. Tammy Pham on a job well done. Mass General Hospital recognized Ms. Pham and one of her MGH colleagues Esther Maycock-Thorne below.

    Tammy Pham Award picTammy Award MGH writeup

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    Boston Fire Fighters

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of both Lt. Ed Walsh
    and Michael Kennedy, the brave Boston Fire Fighters that lost their lives today.

    Boston Fire Fighter Loss

    March 26, 2014, Engine 33, Beacon St Fire.


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    Protect Your Heart in Cold Weather

    Protect Your Heart in Cold Weather


    (Syracuse, NY – Jan. 2014)  With cold temperatures and lots of snow falling in Central New York, the American Heart Association is warning people to protect their hearts in the cold weather. People who may be at high risk include those with existing heart disease or stroke, people with a strong family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smokers, those who are overweight and the sedentary.  For these individuals, the stresses of the season may pose extra concern. The American Heart Association is urging individuals to exercise due caution to avoid sudden cardiac death.

    Deaths from coronary artery disease tend to rise rapidly in the cold winter months.  Several factors may influence this unfortunate trend, from an increase in respiratory infections during the winter, to increased workload on the heart from activities such as shoveling of heavy snow.

    The American Heart Association recommends the following tips to help respond to and prevent sudden cardiac arrest:

    Avoid sudden cold weather exertion

    Snowstorms present particular challenges for everyone, primarily because getting rid of the snow usually means sudden exertion in cold weather.  In and of itself, snow shoveling can be healthy, good exercise, but not if you are normally sedentary, are in poor physical condition, or have risk factors that make snow shoveling inadvisable for your health. Everyone who must be outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snowdrifts can strain a person’s heart.

     Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia

    Hypothermia occurs when your body can’t produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough, causing it to fall below normal. It can kill you. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. Symptoms include lack of coordination, mental confusion, slowed reactions, shivering and sleepiness.

    Children, the elderly and those with heart disease are at special risk. As people age, their ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature often decreases. Because elderly people seem to be relatively insensitive to moderately cold conditions, they can suffer hypothermia without knowing they’re in danger.

    Stay Warm

    People with coronary heart disease often suffer chest pain or discomfort called angina pectoris when they’re in cold weather.  Besides cold temperatures, high winds, snow and rain also can steal body heat. Wind is especially dangerous, because it removes the layer of heated air from around your body. Similarly, dampness causes the body to lose heat faster than it would at the same temperature in drier conditions.

    To keep warm, wear layers of clothing. This traps air between layers, forming a protective insulation. Also, wear a hat or headscarf. Much of your body’s heat can be lost through your head and ears are especially prone to frostbite. Keep your hands and feet warm, too, as they tend to lose heat rapidly.

    Avoid alcohol before heading outdoors

    Alcohol gives an initial feeling of warmth, but this is caused by expanding blood vessels in the skin. Heat is then drawn away from the body’s vital organs.  Alcohol consumption and physical activity in harsh winter weather conditions can increase the likelihood of hypothermia.

    Learn CPR and/or Hands-Only CPR

    CPR: About 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival. The American Heart Association conducts courses convenient to everyone.  To access a course listing, log on to the AHA’s web site at

    Hands-Only CPR: Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse in the “out-of-hospital” setting (like at home, at work, in a park). It offers an easy to remember and effective option to those bystanders who have been previously trained in CPR but are afraid to help because they are not confident that they can remember and perform the steps of conventional CPR.

    It consists of two steps:

    1) Call 911 (or send someone to do that).

    2) Begin providing high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest with minimal interruptions.

    American Heart Association

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    Children’s Toy Drive 2013


    The faculty at CPR Boston is so excited over the start of the Children’s Toy Drive this year.  Just look at what we have already collected. This is the first year we have collected unwrapped toys for the Children this holiday season. These toys will go to all the good boys and girls that are less fortunate this holiday season and it’s all because of the folks that take part in our ACLS, CPR and First Aid courses. Thank you all for being so generous.

    We still have a more time before the holidays and I’m sure there will be more toys to come for the little ones.  If you are not signed up for a course and want to drop off a toy you can come to anyone of our course dates to make your donation. We have a class every Thursday evening in December and every Saturday morning in December before Christmas.

    From all of us at CPR Boston – Thank you and Happy Holidays


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    School Supply Drive – Thank you

    Thank you to all that have participated thus far in the School Supply Drive for the kids.  What a great success in just a couple of weeks.



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    Our BLS CPR Course may be full however, we have a “Standby List”.

    Yes, our BLS Provider CPR courses are filling up fast. If you want to take a chance that there will be a no show or a cancellation you may sign-in on our “Standby list”.

    Our process is once you sign the standby list you will be asked to remain in a designated area so we can call you.  Just after the course start time we will take note of the remaining seats and start seating people on the standby list in the order you signed in (first come first serve).

    The key is to arrive early enough and sign-in so you are high enough on the list.  In all fairness to others you must sign yourself in and not hold seats for anyone else. Please do not ask us to hold you a seat.

    We will not fill all seats as we need to leave some empty to comply with the America Heart Associations teacher to student ratio.

    As always we look forward in seeing you.


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