Basic cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training courses typically teach individuals how to use rescue breathing techniques for children and adults. It's also common for such courses to cover the use of an automated external defibrillator, which is a device used for those experiencing cardiac emergencies. Students learn how to recognize the signs of choking and cardiac emergencies, study how the heart and lungs work and learn about various diseases that can affect the heart and lungs.
The legal implications of giving CPR are also covered, and students generally practice various CPR techniques hands-on using a dummy. Compression-only CPR may be taught alongside traditional CPR.
CPR courses are available both for community members and health professionals, and there are a variety to choose from. Some courses focus on CPR skills only, while others go into advanced cardiac life support or focus on AED use alone. They're available at such places as community colleges, community organizations and private training centers.
It's common for CPR courses to lead to certification from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Upon completion of all course requirements, including written tests and hands-on tests, individuals may receive a certification card that is valid for two years. Re-certification courses are available for those with proof of previous certification.