Frequently Asked Questions...

I don't need to attend. I took CPR four years ago & I remember how to do it.
First of all, CPR keeps changing as we learn more about successes. Second, you will also learn how to use an AED, how to safely do the Heimlich maneuver, and how to recognize when someone is having a stroke.
What if I have artificial knees / hips? I can't get down on the ground. I can't do CPR.
Yes, you can. There is a special way we can show you. Come to class.
What if I have terrible arthritis in my hands / wrist? I can't do CPR.
Yes, you can. There is a special way we can show you. Come to class.
Can I catch AIDS from doing CPR?
You can do CPR reliably without worrying about catching AIDS. Come to class.
What if I'm trained and don't do anything when I see someone colapse? Am I liable? Do I have a risk?
SLICC doesn't give law advice, but we are confident that your attorney will confirm that (a) you don't incur a duty to respond and thus a duty to act just by getting trained, and (b) most states have meaningful "good samaritan laws" that protect passers-by who act with good intentions and without compensation, when you act within the scope of your training. In Georgia, the good samaritan provisions protect passers-by who use an AED, whether or not they have been trained!
What if I do CPR on a person who doesn't need it?
The patient will usually let you know before you get too far. Come to class to learn how to tell.
Can I hurt the person on whom I'm doing CPR?
The person who needs CPR is already dead. What you do will either not make a difference, or it will save that person's life. You can't make a dead person worse off, unless you push on the very bottom of the breast bone..
What if I break a (patient's) rib or something?
Even if you're doing CPR properly, you will eventually find a patient whose ribs will become broken or 'snapped off' the cartilege. If you were the patient, which would you prefer: dead with all ribs intact? ...or alive with some rib damage?
I can't find a pulse on me or anybody else. How will I know whether the patient needs CPR.
Come to class. We'll show you how to tell if someone needs CPR
Do I have to start if I can already hear the sirens?
Yes. It can take a few minutes from the time you hear the sirens until the medics arrive, and those minutes can make all the difference.
I hate to be crass, but I can imagine encountering someone on whom I'm willing to do chest compressions, but don't count on me to administer any rescue breaths. Will just pumping the chest help by itself?
Yes. If you don't think you can do something safely, don't do it. In fact, compression-only CPR has been shown to be better for the victim than full CPR in the case of witnessed adult cardiac arrests. Just make sure that you've got the head tilted and the chin lifted before you start the chest compressions so that your compressions can provide some respiratory benefit.
What certification do I get at the end of class?
The certification classes take a lot longer. SLICC teaches Bystander classes. If you need certification for your job, contact the Red Cross or Rescue Training.