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CPR History: Some Facts to Know

AHA CPR in Folsom

By J. A. Young

Officially recommended as a life-saving method in 1740 by the Paris Academy of Sciences, CPR has grown to become an essential worldwide technique for delivering emergency care for those who go into cardiac arrest.  Because we never know when someone might go into cardiac arrest, the more people who learn the technique, the more people are prepared to help a fellow human in need whether that person is a family member or a stranger on the street.  CPR has been around in some form for centuries and the following facts denote some milestones from its interesting past.

Paris Academy of Sciences

This panel, of course, was a distinguished intellectual society that was founded in the mid-sixteenth century by French King Louis XIV.  The group recommended a form of CPR to be used to help resuscitate drowning victims.  At the time, the society was one of the foremost leaders in the area of sciences and CPR is one example of their important contributions to the developing field of medicine.

Organized Help for the Near Drowned

The Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned was founded in England in 1774.  This was one of the earliest organizations to focus on artificial resuscitation.  Its efforts led to increased awareness of techniques that could be used in cases of near drownings to revive victims.  Today this organization has become an organized charity that awards people who have attempted and succeeded at saving lives.

George Crile

Dr. Crile was an important American surgeon who made some CPR milestones though he is more famously known for other medical milestones like direct blood transfusion and his design of the small haemostatic forceps.  In reference to CPR, however, Crile became the first American to successfully employ external compressions to revive a human in 1903.  In 1904, Crile became the first American to perform closed-chest cardiac massage.  The physician published Surgical Anemia and Resuscitation in 1914 and is today largely regarded as a pioneer of modern CPR.

1950s Milestones

CPR advanced immensely in 1954 when James Elam provided proof that expired air carried enough oxygen to maintain another’s oxygenation levels.  This milestone was followed up by Elam and Peter Safar in 1956 when the two invented the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique which is a cornerstone of CPR training today.  Before the decade was over, the U.S. military adopted the technique which helped cement its importance and launch it into the mainstream.

The American Heart Association

In 1960, the American Heart Association developed CPR and has since been instrumental in creating training platforms for the methods employed.  It wasn’t until 1963, however, that the association formally recommended CPR as a standard procedure to be used as a life-saving technique. The American Heart Association has designed CPR and First-aid classes to train the public. These life-saving courses are provided to the public. View upcoming CPR and First-aid classes in Rancho Cordova.

By 1972 the first mass-training sessions of ordinary citizens took place in Seattle.  Leonard Cobb helped train as many as 200,000 people by 1974.  Today, of course, people train in CPR all over the world.  Yet its development as a viable medical intervention has a long history.  Understanding the journey it took helps people recognize what an amazing procedure it is today and how much effort it took to bring it into modern use.

Sacramento CPR Classes

American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Classes in the Bay Area

We are proud to announced our CPR & First Aid classes, now in Spanish! You will receive your American Heart Association certificate at the end of class!

The class is 5 hours long. Make sure to come in comfortable clothing, you will be practicing a lot with the manikins!

The Spanish CPR & First Aid classes are offered in our San Francisco, San Jose and Concord locations!

For more information, please visit our website:

We also offer other classes at our Sacramento location, please visit our website if you are interested in CPR, First Aid, and BLS Classes:


Sacramento CPR Classes

10744 Gold Center Drive

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(916) 623-4684


Folsom, CA American Heart Association CPR classes

Date: November 2nd, 2013

Time: From 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Cost: $70


AHA CPR in Folsom


The American Heart Association CPR/AED class is 3 hours long. The class covers Adult, Child and Infant CPR, choke saving, and how to use the AED (Advanced External Defibrillator). For more information or to sign up for the class, please click on the following link:


Sacramento Classroom Location
Hyatt Place in Rancho Cordova
Lots of free parking!
10744 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

American Heart Association Training Courses & History

AHA BLS Courses in Rancho Cordova and Carmichael

American Heart Association BLS

Since the fortys, the American Heart Association (AHA) has used more than 3 billion dollars on research to increase the knowledge of heart diseases and stroke. This funding has produced significant results and important discoveries that have advanced the understanding of these diseases and options for treatment and prevention. The association also plays a significant role in educating cardiologists and the entire treatment team on important new information that comes from research. Through continuing education the cardiovascular medical community stays up to date with the latest advances in patient care, CPR, & First-aid.

Today more than 2,000 researchers and clinical investigators are receiving AHA funding to study a wide range of important areas. In previous years recipients have even included future Nobel Prize winners. There are many types of research being funded. Basic research helps to shed light on how these diseases develop and affect the heart, circulation and so many metabolic functions. Clinical research funding contributes to improving cardiovascular patients care. Changes in lifestyle, options for surgery, uses of existing and new treatments all need to be studies to improving patient outcomes. Today, the American Heart Association CPR programs continue the heritage of research support and assistance to physicians entering the field of cardiology. They offer these training courses in Rancho Cordova and other cities around Sacramento

The impact of lifestyle on cardiovascular health has been studied for decades. The role of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis are well understood and there are now therapies to address these cardiovascular risk factors. Physicians have lifestyle management and educational tool to help patients and their families play a more active role in their care. The American Heart Association is an important partner with the medical community and patients to change the course of cardiovascular health in the United States.

The AHA also plays a valuable role in continuing medical education for its more than 27,000 professional members. Physicians and professional care teams must continuously educate themselves in order for advances in research and cardiovascular medicine to reach their patients. The association offers professional members live training classes in Sacramento and surrounding towns and has many active state chapters. Web-based education programs are offered to accommodate busy schedules. And the association holds as many as eight medical conferences each year where professional members can meet, listen to experts, take educational BLS programs and talk with colleagues. In addition to these many educational options, professional members can join councils that are part of the AHA organization. These16 councils address individual specialty areas that allow professional members to match their interests and be part of a national network.

The American Heart Association has been funding important cardiovascular and stroke research for 65 years. That research has added significantly to the medical field. The organization’s commitment to education helps bring these research findings to the attention of physicians who treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

How to Use an AED: CPR Courses in Rancho Cordova, CA

AED Training Courses in Rancho Cordova, CA

AED Certification Classes

The procedures for using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are fairly simple.  The first step is to prepare the heart attack victim for the AED pads.  Position the patient so they’re lying on their back; if you’ve already been administering CPR they’ll be on their back already.

AEDs can be used while the patient is lying on a wet surface but you don’t want them in standing water.  Think of the wet walkways around public swimming pools.  The patient could be lying on the walkway, but you don’t want them in the pool.  They can also be lying on metal such as grating, but you don’t want the pads to be touching any metal.

The next step is to bare the patient’s chest.  Time is of the essence so act quickly.  Remove the outer clothing and the undergarments, including bras, to bare the patient’s chest.  Tear or cut the clothes if necessary.  If the patient’s chest is wet dry it so the pads will stick.

Some men are too hairy for the pads to stick to their skin; they’ll need to have some hair removed.  Some people carry razors with their AEDs for that reason.  Another option is to use duct tape and rip the hair out.  Remember, the patient has suffered a heart attack and you’re trying to save their life, the quicker you can defibrillate the heart the better their chances of survival are.  You won’t hurt them by preparing them for defibrillation.

If the patient has a medicine patch on their chest remove it and wipe all of the medicine off.  Lumps on the chest coupled with a surgical scar indicate implanted medical devices such as pacemakers.  Make sure the pads are placed at least one inch away from those implants.

The AED pads have a diagram of a human torso on their backsides that show their proper placement.  Use the diagram and place the pads accordingly.  As already noted if you need to adjust their placement because of medical implants go ahead and do so.

The AED should be placed on the same side of the patient that you’re on so that you don’t accidently touch them by leaning over them to operate it.  After placing the pads plug them into the AED, some come with the pads already connected so that won’t be necessary.  Then push the on/off button to turn the AED on and make sure that no one touches the patient unless you’re instructed to do so.  The AED literally talks to you.

Some AEDs will tell you when to deliver a shock by pushing a button; others will deliver the shock themselves.  All you need to do is follow the instructions.

After delivering a shock the AED will monitor the patient.  You may be told to administer conventional CPR, or to deliver another shock.

This can be a lifesaving procedure and all people are encouraged to get trained in the use of AEDs through the American Red Cross or the Rancho Cordova AHA CPR Classes, other reputable first aid training organizations.