CPR A, B, C, HCP … What’s the difference??

This table provides a brief comparison of the different CPR levels. You may see courses identified as CPR Level C or CPR level A. This should help to de-mystify those different levels.

CPR-A is CPR with Adult skills only plus Automated External Defibrillator. There are no child or infant skills covered in this level. This is the level of CPR included with Workplace Emergency First Aid / Occupation First Aid Level 1. These courses are designed for assisting workers in the workplace to meet Worksafe BC requirements.

CPR-B covers only infant and child skills plus Automated External Defibrillator. No adult skills are covered. This is the level of CPR that is included with Red Cross Childcare Emergency First Aid.

CPR-C is full CPR with adult, child and infant skills plus Automated External Defibrillator. This level of CPR is included with Red Cross Emergency and Standard First Aid. It’s also offered as a stand alone course.

CPR-HCP is reserved strictly for hospital emergency staff (RN or MD), generally those working on a crash team or working in a critical care area. It is also provided to Paramedics, Firefighters and other emergency services personnel. The HCP course is not applicable to the general public or non-critical care staff. HCP includes all the skills of CPR-C with the addition of special airway opening techniques for spinal patients, Pulse Checks, Rescue Breathing, Two-Person adult/child/infant CPR and use of the Bag Valve Mask Resuscitator.

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