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Hi ,

I was teaching a cpr course and a student asked me for a temp cpr card until the cards came . I never heard of temp cpr card ( although that sounds brilliant). Has anyone heard of them or know how to obtain them? Thank you.

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Never heard of them. Every CPR course I have taken I was handed the card at the end of the class so I would never have considered there to be a need for temporary as I had my real one. Perhaps a receipt with passed and your signature would suffice until they get the real card.

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There isnt a temp CPR card. I've always either gotten them at the end of class or had to wait until the regional office printed them and sent them to my organization. Why do they need a temp card?

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They are emt's and their certs are going to expire at the end of the month . I told them that on ave it takes around 2 wks for the cards to come in via mail. They said their boss won't let them be on the trucks without it.

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Unfortunately there isnt a temp card. Given the time frame and the fact that thier cards expire at the end of the month...maybe they should have been more proactive and taken the recert class earlier than a week or so before thier cards expire. Just a thought ....

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How about a simple form letter stating that <insert name> has taken and successfully passed a CPR course as administered by <agency>. An official card will be forthcoming. Please accept this note from the instructor <insert contact information here> as proof of having taken the course until an official card arrives.

This has been done by instructors with whom I've worked. To my knowledge, it has never posed a problem.

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ha i agree, I myself tend to wait until the last min on things it's a bad habbit i m trying to break.

i told the students that their boss may contact me , The letter idea sounds great ! thank you nypamedic43 and paramedic mike

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The letter may do the trick for them. I hope so anyway. :)

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We usually just provide them with a copy of the roster. Never had any problem doing that.

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I just fill them out before the course, and give them the card when it's finished. They usually copy them for the EMS Region, then peel and fold it to pocket size.

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IF YOU ARE AN AHA instructor:

I would check your PAM (Program administration manual) and your CTC (training center) policies before you give out anything. I am 100% sure (as an AHA instructor myself) that there is no temp card, and 99% sure that you have a very specific time frame to get their card to them. We give them out at end of class, so it has never been an issue.

Assuming you don't personally know and trust these idgets..... if your "students" were the type to let their CPR card lapse when their job depended on it, I would be cautious giving them ANYTHING other than a card to begin with. Before you know it a photoshop version of that letter may "make the rounds" and you dont want anything to do with that.

COntact your TC for options, not here. They are the final say on this.

Just my 0.02

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IF YOU ARE AN AHA instructor:

I would check your PAM (Program administration manual) and your CTC (training center) policies before you give out anything. I am 100% sure (as an AHA instructor myself) that there is no temp card, and 99% sure that you have a very specific time frame to get their card to them. We give them out at end of class, so it has never been an issue.

Assuming you don't personally know and trust these idgets..... if your "students" were the type to let their CPR card lapse when their job depended on it, I would be cautious giving them ANYTHING other than a card to begin with. Before you know it a photoshop version of that letter may "make the rounds" and you dont want anything to do with that.

COntact your TC for options, not here. They are the final say on this.

Just my 0.02

AND If you are a student

Do not wait till the last minute to get into a cpr class. I did a search in my 4 county area and found no less than 30 AHA classes coming up in the next 30 days - so do the math. Of those classes, only 4 days are without classes out of those 30.

There is no excuse to not be able to find a cpr class that will fit into anyone's busy schedule.

If you let yours lapse and you have to lose a few shifts until you get your's renewed then it's NO-one's fault other than your OWN.

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I have done temp cards in the past.... they were from the entity that I worked for...and a place holder until the "AHA/ARC" card came in. I am unable to keep stock cards in my business with the Training Satellite that I work with, so I never have the cards the "day of". Most people are ok with the wait, some aren't. I have also sent copies of the roster back with them. And because the Family & Friends course doesn't have an official card with an "expiration or recommended" renewal date on it, I used to do in house cards that were good only for our institution.

It's been done...nothing wrong with it as long as it stays "in house" or the "employer" knows that it's a placeholder.

AC

Oh, and before the AHA folks attack that comment in droves...I was an Regional Faculty Member for years..it's legit.... just can't have the logo on it, and can't say AHA on it. As I said, it was an in house card.

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How about a simple form letter stating that <insert name> has taken and successfully passed a CPR course as administered by <agency>. An official card will be forthcoming. Please accept this note from the instructor <insert contact information here> as proof of having taken the course until an official card arrives.

This has been done by instructors with whom I've worked. To my knowledge, it has never posed a problem.

That is exactly what my CPR instructor did when my old one ran out and I needed it for EMT re-cert.

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I know this is an older post, but I am posting anyways.

Personally I prepare a simple form letter for any individual or services requiring proof of completion. I include all the contact information for myself and my Training Center just in case they have any questions about it.

I also find that if you include the AHA Logo on the form letter it makes everyone feel that it is "Official" and they don't tend to question it. You can just search the AHA website for the Media Packet and the Logos are included in the files.

In my area only the Training Centers can print the CPR cards so there is no chance that I can have them prepared ahead of time and hand them out at the end of the class.

Hope this helps.

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I have run into this situation several times, especially with AHA cards since we are a Training Site with them and out Training Center has to print the cards the next day.

Usually if I know ahead of time about their situation I have them do an ASHI CPR class instead of an AHA one, that way i can get them their card immediately after the class. ASHI now has the Digital Certification Cards that are starting to be more widely accepted now that the "online fraud" stigma is wearing off of it.

The digital version is great if the student looses their card, they can call me if they are an individual and with a couple clicks I can email them a replacement one immediately. If they are part of an organization that we service, their employer has a login on our online system that they can log into and check everyones expiration dates and print replacement cards from.

That is one of the advantages of being an instructor for multiple organizations instead of just AHA, but it also has a LOT of headaches that go along with it.

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I can't believe EMT's still take CPR classes. We have to recertify every quarter under county protocol. But then again we don't do AHA CPR we do our own variant (no real difference on the BLS side other than at the AED). Got to love being in an AHA research area.

I would have thought that EMT's would recertify for CPR under their CBT's.

Our certification requirements are minimum 5 minutes of active CPR with 2 AED shocks and 98% effective compressions and respirations.

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Canadian Heart and Stroke has just changed they're guidelines as far as certs are concerned. Effective January 1, Instructors will no longer be able to issue the paper cards. Instead the student will be issued a signed letter stating that the student has completed the Health Care Provider CPR course or renewal, with offical plastic cards coming in the mail shortly afterward.

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My agency certifies us with ASHI. The instructors get blank cards that they handwrite our name and re-cert date on. Kind of sketchy, but yea....

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How about a simple form letter stating that <insert name> has taken and successfully passed a CPR course as administered by <agency>. An official card will be forthcoming. Please accept this note from the instructor <insert contact information here> as proof of having taken the course until an official card arrives.

This has been done by instructors with whom I've worked. To my knowledge, it has never posed a problem.

We provide this type of document, only if requested for a specific purpose. Usually for nursing students that need it (HCP only) before going out to do clinicals. They're the main culprits.....and the requesting agency or whomever must be notified and will authorize an acceptance of the form letter.

We usually only provide a few of these. Less that 1% of the total thousands of people that go thru the HCP class.

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It usually takes about week or 2 for me to get cards from my training site. I tell my students if you need proof now I would either write a signed letter to there boss or give them a copy of the class roster that I turn in showing they completed the course.

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I can't believe EMT's still take CPR classes. We have to recertify every quarter under county protocol. But then again we don't do AHA CPR we do our own variant (no real difference on the BLS side other than at the AED). Got to love being in an AHA research area.

I would have thought that EMT's would recertify for CPR under their CBT's.

Our certification requirements are minimum 5 minutes of active CPR with 2 AED shocks and 98% effective compressions and respirations.

Well for those of us who don't live in a utopic area like you, we are stuck with the archaic way of doing things.

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I work for a local hospital and conduct CPR classes, I always issue a letter stating time and date of the course, completion status and that it will be a 2 week wait for the cards. Never had anyone call and tell me that the letter did not work or was not acceptable.

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