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Basic Life Support Courses

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) for Family and Friends

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Course Description

Course Purpose

Course Objectives

Course Content & Design

Knowledge Objectives

Skills Objective

Course Fees

Course Dates & Times

Bookings for CPR Course

Course Description

The Adult CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) for Family and Friends Course targets all lay rescuers, such as family members of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death and other laypersons who want to learn rescue skills for loved ones.  The Course teaches rescuers skills in CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction.  It presents information about the adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. The text includes information about healthy heart living and actions to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease in adults.  The course also presents information about the pediatric infant and child chain of Survival, signs of choking in infants and children, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, and prevention of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children.

The course teaches 3 separate courses:

  • adult CPR (course length: about 2 hours)

  • infant and Childe CPR (course length: about 2 to 2 hours)

  • and CPR for all ages (course length: about 4 hours)

The course includes multiple learning activities: a videotaped overview of the Chain of Survival and other cognitive information, videotaped skills demonstration and practice, instructor-led practice scenarios, and a peer practice session.

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Course Purpose

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Programs of the American Heart Association developed the CPR for Family and Friends Course to promote widespread training in CPR at low cost. The course provide concise, user-friendly information to train participants in the skills of adult, infant, and child CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for the responsive victim.

Because we presume that participants will complete this course predominantly for the rescue of family members or friends, the course does not teach the use of barrier devices, which would be used for CPR in the workplace.  This course is certainly to be used to train laypersons to serve as rescuers in the community, but it is not designed for participants who are required to attend a CPR course for the workplace or for a credential.

A participant card is given in a CPR for Family and Friends Course, but it is not a credential.  If participants require a credential, they should complete the Heart Saver CPR or the Heart Saver AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Course.

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Course Objectives

The American Heart Association developed the CPR for Family and Friends Course curriculum to achieve one ultimate objective: to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest by increasing the number of rescuers prepared to phone the emergency telephone number and provide early CPR.  By strengthening the early access and early CPR links in the chain of Survival in every community, the American Heart Association should meet its mission: to reduce disability and death caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.  In addition, the course is designed to prevent disability and death and the need for CPR by learning the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and methods te reduce death caused by sudden infant death syndrome in infants and injuries in children.

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Course Content and Design

The course is brief - each module (adult or infant and child) can be completed in approximately 2 hours, and both modules can be completed in 4 to 4 hours.  To keep the course brief, course content was carefully selected to focus on the essential information and skills practice time required by rescuers.  Information formerly covered in more detail in CPR courses that does not contribute to the acquisition of CPR skill (i.e. healthy heart living, detailed anatomy and physiology) is condensed, particularly if this same information is provided in other American Heart Association courses or recourses.

The content of the CPR for Family and Friends Course was designed to simplify and clarify essential information to help rescuers know when to act and what to do.  The course design emphasizes manikin and scenario practice time, so participants learn to perform CPR skills under conditions that simulate actual emergencies.

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Knowledge (Cognitive) Objectives

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the links in the American Heart Association Chain of Survival, including the importance of:

    • Phoning the emergency number

    • Performing CPR

    • Increasing the probability of early defibrillation by phoning the emergency number

    • Ensuring the arrival of early advanced care by phoning the emergency number

  2. Describe the steps of CPR:

    • When to start CPR

    • When to start rescue breathing

    • How to check for normal breathing or signs of circulation

    • The ABC sequence of CPR

    • The signs of severe or complete foreign-body airway obstruction

  3. Describe the signs of 4 major emergencies in adults:

    • Heart attack

    • Stoke

    • Cardiac arrest

    • Foreign-body airway obstruction

  4. Describe strategies to prevent sudden infant death syndrome in infants and injuries in children.

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Skills (Psychomotor) Objectives

At the end of the course the participant will be able to demonstrate the following skills using an adult or infant and child manikin (determined by the course modules completed) and a telephone:

  1. Phoning the emergency number

  2. Rescue breathing using mouth-to-mouth ventilation

  3. 1-rescuer CPR

  4. Relief of Foreign-body airway obstruction in the responsive victim.

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Course Fees

These two courses may be done separately, however, it is highly recommended that both these course be done.

The normal rate is R350.00 per person for both the above courses.  A special rate has been negotiated for CCSA Western Cape members.  The special rates are R320.00 per person for both courses, or R160.00 per person per single course.  The course includes a Booklet, a Mouthpiece for each participant and a Certificate(s) on completion of the respective courses.

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Course Schedule: Dates & Times

Sr. Ilse van Zyl of CCSA Western Cape Provincial, will be conducting the CPR Course for Family & Friends on a regular basis.


The numbers of persons are limited to 12 persons per session with a minimum of 6 persons.  Special arrangements will be made should the demand be for more than 12 persons per session.

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Bookings for the CPR Course

Members may book for the CPR for Family & Friends Course by downloading the registration form and forward the completed form to Sr. Ilse van Zyl, at the contact detail below.  Before payments are made, please confirm availability on the CPR Course you plan to attend.  Please note that your booking will only be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Bookings for CCSA Regions

The CPR for Family & Friends Courses are available to all CCSA Regions throughout the year.  Regions are more than welcome to arrange their bookings during their weekend rallies.


Bookings for other Groups

Other groups are welcome to make bookings.


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