Through the American Red Cross, GERMS offers a variety of courses where one may obtain certification and learn proper skills involving CPR, AED usage, and First Aid. Learning the skills and techniques needed to properly perform CPR and use an AED is important, as it can increase the patient’s chance of survival and be the difference between life and death. Over 375,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year, and as such, effective resuscitation of a patient prior to the arrival of an ambulance can significantly improve the individual’s chance of survival in an emergency. Therefore, it is highly useful to be able to successfully perform CPR in the event of an emergency.
GERMS currently offers two CPR courses: a CPR/AED class and a CPR/AED/First Aid class. The CPR/AED course, which takes approximately 2.5 hours, covers the basics of how to recognize an emergency, check an injured or ill individual, perform CPR, use an AED, and care for a choking individual. This course costs $40 for Georgetown University affiliates (students, professors, workers) and $50 for community members. Additionally, GERMS offers a CPR/AED/First Aid course, which takes approximately 4 hours, covers the same skills as the other class but also includes First Aid skills, such as treating asthma, anaphylaxis, external bleeding, hypothermia, hyperthermia, and burns. The CPR/AED/First Aid course costs $50 for Georgetown University affiliates and $60 for community members.
Classes are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Check back on this page later for more information.