Jun 2, 2023
Our conversation today with Kendra Sours, CPR Coordinator for
Lord Fairfax EMS Council was very insightful. She talked about the
statistics surrounding cardiac events & cardiovascular disease. She
gave details about the types of training they offer to a wide
variety of individuals.
American Heart Association
classes offered by Lord Fairfax EMS Council include:
- Healthcare Provider
The BLS Course trains
participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening
emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver
appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an
In the Instructor-led course,
students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning
stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS
skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a
- Heartsaver First Aid with Adult, Child, & Infant
CPR & AED training (or any combination
Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is
a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical
skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency
medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include
first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and
what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and
This course teaches skills with
the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which
allows instructors to observe the student.
- Heartcode CPR (online training with required
HeartCode BLS uses a variety of
eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations,
self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach
students BLS knowledge and skills.
After completing the online
portion, students attend a structured BLS Hands-On Session with an
AHA Instructor. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice,
team scenarios, and skills testing. This is for healthcare
professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an
initial or renewal HCP course.
Learning Heartsaver course (online training with required skills
Learning courses include an online portion and a hands-on session.
The online portion provides the flexibility of completing training
at your own pace, either at work, home, or wherever you have
Internet access. The hands-on portion includes a skills practice
and testing session conducted in-person with an AHA BLS or
We discussed the value of learning (and feeling confident in
performing) CPR in any circumstance. Kendra walked me through what
I should do if someone near me at Target for example suffers a
cardiac event. She explained how AED's work and gave some tips for
using them correctly and safely.
To learn more about CPR, the Lord Fairfax EMS Council, and the
other types of education and training they offer, attend their
Open House on June 23, visit
their website: https://lfems.vaems.org/ and
follow them on Facebook.