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The Business Side of CPR

Posted on June 12, 2022 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (802)

Everyone that starts a business wants an expert to tell them everything they know! The truth is that isn't always possible so the next best thing is to learn what tools the experts are using.

While 1st Choice EST offers CPR Instructor courses and start up assistance, it is up to each individual student to become familiar with business practices both federally and locally.

The first place to start is directly on the Small Business Administration (SBA) website:

Black children in poor areas less likely to get bystander CPR

Posted on December 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (221)

African American children who live in poor neighborhoods are significantly less likely to receive bystander CPR during a cardiac arrest than white children, a new study says.


The results show a critical need to teach CPR in low-income, non-white, lower-education neighborhoods, said lead investigator Dr. Maryam Naim in a news release.


"As most bystander CPR is provided by family members, lower response rates are likely due to a lack of CPR training and recognition of cardiac arrests," said Naim, a pediatric cardiac intensive care physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Earlier studies have examined bystander CPR rates in adults, but this is the first time researchers analyzed racial and socioeconomic factors in CPR rates for children in the United States. The study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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CPR Programs for Schools

Posted on December 6, 2021 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (158)

How it Works

Red Cross CPR programs for schools start with an "authorized provider" agreement that guarantees the school will adopt Red Cross training exclusively for its health and safety training needs. As part of this agreement, the Red Cross will train adult faculty members in CPR and first aid – and provide them with instruction on how to effectively teach students those same skills.


Note: Red Cross CPR programs schools waive student learner fees, however instructor training fees still apply.


CPR Instruction:

CPR school programs focus on a hands-only approach to CPR. This type of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is generally recommended for use on teens and adults who suddenly collapse. It's easy to learn, easy to teach, and can help your faculty and students save a life.


CPR training certification is not provided through this course.


Additional Types of Training

In addition to CPR, the Red Cross can deliver a wide range of digital training to schools' selected health and safety educators, as well as digital programs for teachers. Programs currently available include:


First Aid

Learn to Swim

Ready Rating (a preparedness program for schools)

Scrubby Bear (a personal hygiene program)

Whale Tales (a water safety program)

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CPR Instructor Salary, Jobs and Career Guide

Posted on December 6, 2021 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (189)

How much money can I expect to make as an instructor?

Most people who are CPR instructors do it part time in addition to a career in healthcare, public safety, or a related business such as safety products or business support services. Depending on the area an hourly rate of $10-20 is not uncommon but you may only make that a few hours a week or a few hours a month. If you are running your own training center your compensation can be better, but is more difficult to earn. Your cost per student may be $10-30 and you may charge $30-100 per student. With a class of 10, 20, or 30 students that can mean several hundred to a thousand dollars after expenses. Most training organizations require an instructor to student ratio of 1:6 or 1:10 so a larger class will require additional instructors decreasing your total profit.


How much do full-time CPR instructors

make on jobs ?

Full-time CPR Instructor jobs are offered by hospitals, universities and community centers. As a full-time instructor, you will be responsible for holding classroom sessions instructing students and paramedics the techniques and methodology of CPR. Fire Houses and various other local community centers also invite CPR Instructors to impart voluntary sessions on the CPR techniques. The rate of increase in salary is obviously based on the increase in the number of certifications that are added to the qualifications of the CPR Instructor.

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Become a Certified American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor

Posted on December 6, 2021 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (185)

Become a Certified

American Red Cross

CPR & First Aid Instructor

Being a certified Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor is a great and rewarding way to make the world a safer place. CPR is a life-saving emergency procedure used on a person who is in cardiac arrest (heart suddenly stops working properly).[1] You can teach CPR to co-workers, children, emergency responders, and others. Most people typically do not make a living being a certified CPR instructor; however, it is a good way to make some extra money on the side. Before you can become a CPR instructor you need to be certified in CPR. You can register for a class with your local Red Cross. When you complete training the training and after you pass a certification exam, you will be certified for two years.

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Posted on December 6, 2021 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (331)


First aid instructors educate people on giving first aid treatment in emergency situations. They provide courses on the correct actions in response to accidents. They pass on basic skills and knowledge on how to attend to minor injuries. At the end of the course, they issue a first-aid certificate for the attendees.

You will work with groups of people and demonstrate situations and responses. You will need good presentation and communication skills to put your point across and create a relaxed environment where people can focus and learn. You will be there to answer questions, clear up doubts, provide information, and help people feel confident in dealing with unexpected medical situations on the road or in their household.

You might travel for work and give classes after working hours, allowing people to attend in their free time. You will need to be certified to take on this role and have experience in teaching groups. You can acquire the necessary certification by completing a course and passing a test. It would be best if you were friendly, approachable, and confident in performing your demonstrations. You can expect to receive an annual salary of around $32,621.


There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a first aid instructor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $15.04 an hour? That's $31,279 a year!


Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 11% and produce 155,000 job opportunities across the U.S.


What Does a First Aid Instructor Do

There are certain skills that many first aid instructors have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed interpersonal skills, speaking skills and writing skills.


How To Become a First Aid Instructor

If you're interested in becoming a first aid instructor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 54.1% of first aid instructors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 12.7% of first aid instructors have master's degrees. Even though most first aid instructors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED. None of these suggestions are a requiremenet they are merly suggestions. To become a CPR Instructor you only need to be 17 years old and CPR certified.


Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a first aid instructor. When we researched the most common majors for a first aid instructor, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on first aid instructor resumes include master's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.


You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a first aid instructor. In fact, many first aid instructor jobs require experience in a role such as emergency medical technician. Meanwhile, many first aid instructors also have previous career experience in roles such as internship or certified nursing assistant.

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Child & Baby CPR

Posted on October 24, 2021 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (461)

Before Giving Child or Baby CPR


Check the scene and the child. Make sure the scene is safe, then tap the child on the shoulder and shout "Are you OK?" to ensure that he or she needs help.


For infants, flick the bottom of the foot to elicit a response.




Call 911. If child does not respond, ask a bystander to call 911, then administer approximately 2 minutes of care.


- If you're alone with the child or infant, administer 2 minutes of care, then call 911.


- If the child or infant does respond, call 911 to report any life-threatening conditions and obtain consent to give care. Check the child from head to toe and ask questions to find out what happened.



Open the airway. With the child lying on his or her back, tilt the head back slightly and lift the chin.




Check for breathing. Listen carefully, for no more than 10 seconds, for sounds of breathing. (Occasional gasps aren't breathing.)


Infants typically have periodic breathing, so changes in breathing pattern are normal.




Deliver 2 rescue breaths if the child or infant isn't breathing. With the head tilted back slightly and the chin lifted, pinch the child's nose shut, make a complete seal by placing your mouth over the child's mouth and breathe into the child's mouth twice.



For infants, use your mouth to make a complete seal over the infant's mouth and nose, then blow in for one second to make the chest clearly rise. Now, deliver two rescue breaths.




Begin CPR. If the child or baby is unresponsive to the rescue breaths, begin CPR.


Performing Child & Baby CPR


Kneel beside the child or baby.





Push hard, push fast.


-For children, place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, then place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand, and lace your fingers together. Deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 2 inches deep.


-For infants, use 2 fingers to deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 1.5 inches deep.




Give 2 rescue breaths (see instructions above).






Keep going. Continue the these baby or child CPR steps until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, or until an AED is ready to use, another trained responder or EMS professional is available to take over, you're too exhausted to continue, or the scene becomes unsafe.

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CPR Steps

Posted on October 24, 2021 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (353)

Before Giving CPR

1. Check the scene and the person. Make sure the scene is safe, then tap the person on the shoulder and shout "Are you OK?" to ensure that the person needs help.


2. Call 911 for assistance. If it's evident that the person needs help, call (or ask a bystander to call) 911, then send someone to get an AED. (If an AED is unavailable, or a there is no bystander to access it, stay with the victim, call 911 and begin administering assistance.)


3. Open the airway. With the person lying on his or her back, tilt the head back slightly to lift the chin.


4.Check for breathing. Listen carefully, for no more than 10 seconds, for sounds of breathing. (Occasional gasping sounds do not equate to breathing.) If there is no breathing begin CPR.


Red Cross CPR Steps

1. Push hard, push fast. Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.


2. Deliver rescue breaths. With the person's head tilted back slightly and the chin lifted, pinch the nose shut and place your mouth over the person's mouth to make a complete seal. Blow into the person's mouth to make the chest rise. Deliver two rescue breaths, then continue compressions.


Note: If the chest does not rise with the initial rescue breath, re-tilt the head before delivering the second breath. If the chest doesn't rise with the second breath, the person may be choking. After each subsequent set of 30 chest compressions, and before attempting breaths, look for an object and, if seen, remove it.


3. Continue CPR steps. Keep performing cycles of chest compressions and breathing until the person exhibits signs of life, such as breathing, an AED becomes available, or EMS or a trained medical responder arrives on scene.


Note: End the cycles if the scene becomes unsafe or you cannot continue performing CPR due to exhaustion.

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Entrepreneurship as a Homeschooling Mom

Posted on August 19, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (159)

In this episode of the Enterprising Homeschool Mom podcast, Kim Brame speaks to Rodneisha McMillan, founder of the African American CPR Foundation and owner of 1st Choice EST. Rodneisha tells us her story and illustrates her business story and how a stroke and an abusive relationship played into her developing her business. Rodneisha also talks about her decision to home school her children and then events that lead to her removing her children from the school system. This is part one of a two-part episode, so be sure to check out part 2!


You Will Discover How Rodneisha

  • Refused to be a victim to any circumstance.
  • Overcame obstacles that got in her way.
  • Continued her education outside of the classroom.
  • Made pivots in her life and business that enabled her to grow.
  • Wouldn’t allow her children, specifically her sons, to fall victim to being mistreated in the public school system.
  • Kept a winning mindset and perspective.
  • Learns from life lessons and mistakes and apply them to new opportunities.
  • And so much more in both parts 1 and 2

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Master P shouts out 1st Choice EST!

Posted on July 13, 2021 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (280)