One and two-day courses through a partnership between Rend Lake College and the American Heart Association (AHA) will give locals the chance to freshen up on their emergency services training, or learn a few new skills.
The AHA Training Center, located at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, will host several Basic Life Support (BLS), First Aid, and automated external defibrillator (AED) training courses; Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider and renewal courses; and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider and renewal courses. Both ACLS and PALS required successful completion of a pre-course assessment.
BLS, First Aid and AED Training
One-day courses for BLS, First Aid and AED trainings have already begun, with many more dates scheduled for this spring. During this course, participants will learn about BLS and AED techniques used to save victims whose breathing or heartbeat has stopped. First Aid will also cover the assistance given to a person who has suffered a sudden illness or injury.
BLS, First Aid and AED trainings will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 18; Feb. 1; Feb. 8; Feb. 12; Feb. 27; March 6; March 13; March 20; March 29; April 5; April 10; May 3.
PALS Provider and Renewal
Another two-day preparatory class, PALS aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children. The class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 13-14, April 17-18 and July 18-19.
For those needing renewal, the one-day course will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 10, March 22, May 23 and June 7.
ACLS Provider and Renewal
The AHA offers both ACLS Preparatory and ACLS renewal courses this semester to ready students for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other life-threatening medical emergencies. The preparatory class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 24-25, Feb. 22-23, March 27-28, April 25-26, May 16-17, June 20-21 and July 24-25.
The one-day renewal courses meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Jan. 11, Jan, 25, Feb. 6, Feb. 23, March 8, March 28, April 12, April 26, May 9, May 17, June 6, June 21, July 10 and July 25.
For more information about the trainings or to register, contact the AHA Training Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 2032.