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Other Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the term “first aider” mean in the Girl Scout / GSNETX context?
    A “first aider” is someone who has the appropriate First Aid/CPR/AED certificate. It can be one person with all the certifications or 2 persons – one with the CPR/AED certification and one with First Aid certification.
  2. Why can’t I take a CPR/First Aid course online?
    GSUSA/ GSNETX does not accept certifications from online courses. An online CPR or First Aid class does not provide the necessary hands on opportunity to learn and practice the skills in the course.
  3. What’s the difference between a “skills course” and an “instructor led course”?
    A "skills course" is held when it's part of a blended e-learning package. As part of the package, a portion of the course will be done online. Upon successful completion of the online piece, the participant will then be instructed to sign up for an in person portion to test out on the hands-on skills. Both portions must be completed in order to receive a certificate. By comparison, an instructor led course means that all learning takes place with an instructor in the classroom. GSNETX only accepts certifications from in person, instructor led courses.
  4. What is the difference between the “Adult CPR/AED" class and "CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer"?
    The “Adult CPR/AED” class is for the general public. “CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” is for individuals who have a job-related duty to respond to emergencies, such as lifeguards, nurses, doctors, and firefighters.
  5. What is the difference between a Level 1 & a Level 2 First Aider mentioned in GSNETX Volunteer Policies and Procedures?
    A level 1 first aider is someone who has taken the standard or basic CPR/AED/First aid course by one of the approved providers. A level 2 first aider is someone who has taken advanced CPR/AED/First aid such as a nurse, doctor, paramedic or life guard.
  6. When is a Level 1 First Aider needed?
    See Safety Activity Checkpoints to verify for your particular activity. Usually, a level 1 first aider is required when the location of the activity is less than 30 minutes from an EMS response station (fire station, hospital, ambulance)
  7. When is a Level 2 First Aider needed?
    See Safety Activity Checkpoints to verify for your particular activity. Usually, a level 2 first aider is required when the EMS is located 30 minutes or more from the activity, or more than 200 persons are participating in the activity.
  8. What courses are required for Level 2 First Aid?
    A level 2 first aider is someone who has an advanced level of CPR/AED/First Aid such as a lifeguard, paramedic, nurse doctor or someone who has taken the extended course – usually 16 or more hours of instruction such as Wilderness First Aid. A person happens to have a level 2 certification can be used to satisfy the requirement for a level 1 first aider.
  9. What is an AED?
    An AED is a portable device used to bring the heart back to normal rhythm for people who are in cardiac arrest. The AED will automatically analyze and if needed shock the patient in order to restore normal heart rhythm.
  10. Can being a Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Physician take the place of the required training?  
    Partially; a copy of their current medical license can replace the First Aid portion of the training. Additionally, a current CPR certification from an approved provider should be presented along with the medical license as documentation.
  11. Can being a Dentist or Dental Hygienist take the place of the required training?
    No; Dental professionals they must take one of the approved provider certifying courses.
  12. What does it mean when a company says they are AHA Compliant or follow the latest guidelines from the American Heart Association for CPR training? Does it mean that they are an American Heart Association affiliate or approved?
    Answer Part 1: The answer is "no." Allow us to explain further. The American Heart Association acts as the American liaison to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). It is the AHA's responsibility to communicate the international committee’s findings to ALL U.S. training companies so they can model their curriculum after the latest consensus guidelines. Guidelines for performing CPR have changed in recent years, with new recommendations for compression/breath ratios and hands-only CPR for lay rescuers. The most recent change occurred in 2010.

    2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science

    Answer Part 2: The American Heart Association communicates the guidelines from ILCOR for CPR training, and so these guidelines are the “gold standard” that any respectable CPR trainer should follow, however, the AHA does not take on the responsibility of reviewing or approving other organization’s curricula. This is a common misconception about CPR certification cards. In fact, the American Heart Association acts as a competitor in the marketplace by selling its own training and certification card. Understand that all of the organizations on our approved provider list are following AHA guidelines, but only one of them is actually AHA. More importantly, not all organizations claiming to follow AHA Guideline are GSUSA/GSNETX approved providers.
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