First Aid & CPR Classes

Why Learn CPR?

Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Be the Difference for Someone You Love
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
Music Can Help Save Lives
During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute. The beat of “Stayin’ Alive” is a perfect match for this.



Upcoming Courses: 

Basic Life Support Course for Healthcare Providers

This class is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 8:30am. Registration is required, contact us at 573-324-2111 or email Robyn Orf at! 

Download the flyer here: BLS for healthcare providers 10.12.17


The Pike County Health Department has three certified basic life support instructors through the American Heart Association and are proud to be able to offer these services to our community. Each course is 3 hours long and are open to the public at various times throughout the year.

The following American Heart Association courses are offered:


American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid – $35

Heartsaver First Aid is a class room, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives.

American Heart Association Heartsaver® CPR AED – $35

This classroom course teaches basic CPR skills such as performing a head tilt-chin lift and giving compressions and breaths. The course provides training for anyone who wants to learn basic CPR and obtain a Heartsaver course completion card.

American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR – $35

AHA’s video-based, classroom Family & Friends® CPR Course teaches adult Hands-Only® CPR, adult AED use, child CPR and AED use, and infant CPR. It also teaches how to relieve choking in an adult, child or infant. The course offers training for those who want to learn CPR and do not require a course completion card.

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers – $35

The BLS for Healthcare Providers – Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED – $35

This class is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 United States. It teaches child care providers and others to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The course covers the Four Steps of Pediatric First Aid and modules in Pediatric First Aid, Child/Infant CPR AED, Adult CPR AED, and Asthma Care Training.

CPR Skills Check off – $25
CPR Friends & Family – $15

Here is a glimpse at what you can expect during our CPR/AED training course:


Other Educational Services:





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