HeartSaver Pediatric

2020 Guideline AHA Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

HeartSaver Pediatric Course Information:

HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED is intended for those involved in childcare who have a duty to respond to illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. This audience includes childcare workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches for children’s sports organizations. This course is also ideal for parents, grandparents, extended family, babysitters, and guardians. 

The AHA’s HeartSaver pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course provides students the highest quality training in the lifesaving skills of first aid and/or CPR and use of an AED, with emphasis on emergencies that occur with children and infants. These courses empower students to act with confidence in the event of an emergency at work, home, or in the community. 

Heartsaver courses:
  • Prepare students for the most common types of first aid emergencies
  • Equip them with CPR skills for adults, children, and infants
  • Allows for flexible delivery, all with the most relevant AHA science and information 

Memo dated November 2020 from Early Childhood Services Bureau of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)  states the following:
  • All childcare teaching/caregiving staff are required to take hands-on CPR training effective OCTOBER 1, 2020.
  • NOTICE: Current Federal law requires (to receive CCDF funding for child care providers) all First Aid cards to state "Pediatric". Child Care Licensing will propose, effective 3/1/2021, that all First Aid cards must state Pediatric first aid in order to be accepted by ECP. To avoid having to retake First Aid after 3/1/2021, please ensure that any First Aid course currently being completed states "Pediatric" on the card.
HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR, AED fulfills the requirements set forth by MT DPHHS.

HeartSaver Pediatric Structure and Included Topics:

Course Structure: HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED now offers the flexibility of optional course paths, which allows Instructors to customize the content to meet the needs of students while ensuring consistency among all HeartSaver courses. The AHA has designed course paths to address specific student needs. Students should check with their respective agencies to ensure these course paths fulfill their requirements. 

HeartSaver Pediatric Total: This comprehensive curriculum is designed to meet licensing requirements for OSHA and other regulatory agencies. HeartSaver Total course path takes approximately 4 3/4 hours to complete.

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
  • List the duties, roles, and responsibilities of a first aid rescuer
  • Describe the 4 key steps in pediatric first aid: prevent, protect, assess, and act
  • Remove protective gloves (skill students will demonstrate)
  • Find the problem (skill students will demonstrate)
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, and shock
  • Control bleeding and bandaging (skills students will demonstrate)
  • Use an epinephrine pen (skill students will demonstrate)
  • Recognize elements of common illnesses and injuries
  • Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury 
  • Describe the risks of smoking and vaping and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for all age groups
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths by using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on children and adults
  • Describe when and how to help someone who is choking
  • Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers