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Beebe Healthcare offers life-saving CPR classes for consumers and for medical professionals


The American Heart Association (AHA) reports each year that more than 735,000 people in the United States suffer a heart attack. Of those, about 120,000 die.

About 70 percent of heart attack sufferers are not in a hospital setting where they would receive emergency medical care. Instead, they are at home or in a place where their chance of survival could double or even triple if someone could provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Yet, only 46 percent of these people will receive CPR from a friend, neighbor, family member, or bystander.

The AHA estimates only about 10 percent of people who suffer a heart attack outside a hospital will survive.

Beebe Healthcare, together with the AHA, urges people to learn CPR so they might have the opportunity to save the life of someone suffering a heart attack.

Community CPR

Beebe Healthcare offers free American Heart Association CPR classes for consumers on the second Saturday of each month. The course teaches participants how to give ‘Hands-Only™’ CPR to both adults and children. It also teaches how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), a device found in most public places, and how to relieve both adults and children if they are choking. Choking can be life-threatening. This course is for members of the general public who do not need a course completion card. To register for this class, please call (302) 645-3248.


Health Professional CPR

Beebe Healthcare teaches CPR courses for healthcare professionals to improve and enhance their life-saving skills. These are fee-based, credit courses. For more information on criteria and to register for the courses listed below, please call (302) 645-3248.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

The BLS course supports healthcare professionals in their knowledge of saving lives from cardiac arrest. It teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments. The course is taught the third Tuesday of the month and costs $75.

There is an online version of the course available through American Heart Association which requires a hands-on skills check to complete. We offer the skills check only for $25.

· BLS Instructor Course

Beebe Healthcare teaches an instructor course for healthcare professionals so that they can teach life support skills to others. The next class will be offered July 27 and costs $300.

· Heartsaver® CPR AED

This course is for those who want to earn a Heartsaver® course completion card. This course meets the third Tuesday of each month and costs $75.

There is an online version of the course available through American Heart Association which requires a hands-on skills check to complete. We offer the skills check only for $25.

· ACLS – Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

This course is designed to enhance the skills of those healthcare professionals who already respond to cardiovascular emergencies in and out of the hospital. It focuses on the importance of teamwork, on post-cardiac arrest care, and on airway management.

· ACLS Instructor Course

For experienced practitioners only, this course prepares the instructor candidate to teach ACLS courses and help students learn to respond in life-threatening situations. The next class will take place July 29 and costs $350.

· Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

This course provides specialized education to healthcare professionals who respond to emergencies in infants and children.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware for residents and visitors, including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehabilitation services. For more information, please visit us online at Beebe Healthcare.