i always have renewed my cpr at the hospital i work for. been there over 12 yrs. it used to be horrible. you actually had to have a partner and perform cpr on the doll. a strip would print out from the doll rating your compressions.if your breaths were not good enough or if your partner did not give compressions correctly you had to start over unitl you got a passing strip. then of course you traded places and started again. i despised blowing on that damn doll. i mean, they cleaned around the mouth in between but to me that was not good enough. just freakin unsanitary. think about all those people that have blown into the same doll. anyway, it has gotten better due to the fact that actually blowing into the doll is no longer required BUT i think the people over there in staff developement have too much time on their hands. it's like they still try to make the class as long and complicated as possible. the way they do it now-----well, you go and rent a book for 10 bucks(which is refunded when you return the book). at this time you also pick up a pretest and a study guide. each with quite a few questions and you are required to have both of these filled out upon entering the class, or you will be turned away.then you get to hear the little lecture from the instructor. after that you take the written 50 question test. then you move on to each of the 3 dolls for your like hands on testing. at each doll(the baby, child, and adult) you are presented with 2-3 scenarios, then you have to act out what you would do. everyone just dreads this class cause it is such a pia. anyway, i found a new place to go. had to pay 35 bucks(unlike at my hospital where it is free for employees) but it was well worth it. i woulda paid $100 not to have to go through all that crap at my hospital. now everyone is going to this other place. walk in , get a short lecture and ask any questions, take a 20 question quiz where everyone answers together, get your card. simple. so, tell me, how is your cpr renewel class?
Feb 22, '03
American Heart Association (not organized by an employer and taught at their own facility)--inexpensive, their goal is to make sure you know how to do it (not to find fault or to fail you), and is good for 2 years.
Last edit by sjoe on Feb 22, '03