Coronavirus

Info to our Clients and Customers (April 5, 2020)

Dear Students,

The health and well-being of our students, staff, and instructors are our primary concern.  We want to reassure you that strict disinfection techniques have always been employed by our company, and we have increased our measures to provide you with a safe and clean environment when you visit us.

Cleanliness and disinfection have always been one of our highest priorities.  We disinfect each manikin and surface after use, sanitizing face masks, and using disposable mouthpieces.  In addition, hand sanitizers, gloves, and hand washing stations are available to both our students and staff as a standard procedure.

Here are a few steps we are taking to continue serving our students as safe as possible:

  • We are following all guidance from health officials regarding enhanced cleaning and hygiene, in addition to our normal disinfection protocols.
  • We have reduced all class sizes to  practice social distancing by spacing manikins apart by 6 feet when practical.  Training will no longer be conducted on the floor – students can each have their own table and equipment to practice.
  • We offer online BLS, ACLS, and PALS courses for those who prefer to remain at our office for a shorter period of time.
  • We have increased the practice of good hand hygiene by providing the use of hand sanitizer, hand washing stations, and gloves during class.
  • We honor AHA’s recommendation to extend the validity of AHA Provider cards to up to 120 days beyond its renewal date.  However, we recommend that you first check with your employer as it is ultimately up to your employer whether they will honor AHA’s recommended 120-day extension for AHA Provider cards.

We ask that students who have any who are not feeling well to reschedule your class to another time when you are not ill and we do not charge for rescheduling.  We are committed to working together to meet your needs and keeping you and the community safe and healthy.

We need to care for each other so that we can continue to care for others.  We are committed to doing everything in our ability to help you be able to continue doing your job of saving lives.  To that end, we will not be canceling our classes and will do our best to provide you with the classes you need to keep saving lives.

Given the fluidity of the situation, we will continue to closely monitor any new developments and will post any updates and amend this info as needed.  Whatever happens, our goal will always remain the same: putting the health and safety of our community first by supporting our healthcare providers by providing the classes they need in the safest way possible.

See below for additional links.

Thanks. 

Our classes have not been cancelled, since Safety Training Seminars is involved in Health Care Operations. Below is a link to the American Heart Association’s website with information on the coronavirus. The link below is for informational and educational purposes and we do not guarantee the accuracy.

https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/disaster-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-resources

http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahaecc-public/@wcm/@ecc/documents/downloadable/ucm_505832.pdf

https://cpr.heart.org/-/media/cpr-files/resources/covid-19-resources-for-cpr-training/covid19-statement_card-extensions_update-33120.pdf

WHAT WILL STILL BE OPEN?

  • Essential services like health care operations and infrastructure
  • Pharmacies, grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, food banks and the like.
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services
  • Gas stations and auto repair shops
  • Hardware stores
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Plumbers, electricians and exterminators

    “Health care operations” are certain administrative, financial, legal, and quality improvement activities of a covered entity that are necessary to run its business and to support the core functions of treatment and payment. These activities, which are limited to the activities listed in the definition of “health care operations” at 45 CFR 164.501, include:

    •  Conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, population-based activities relating to improving health or reducing health care costs, and case management and care coordination;
    • Reviewing the competence or qualifications of health care professionals, evaluating provider and health plan performance, training health care and non-health care professionals, accreditation, certification, licensing, or credentialing activities;Message from the American Heart Association
      April 1, 2020

      Dear Global AHA Training Network,

      The American Heart Association acknowledges the unprecedented strain the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on the delivery of healthcare and supporting operations, including training. Our chief concern is the health and safety of our Training Network, and the people you train. We care about you and the lives that are being impacted due to COVID-19.

      During this time, we want to do everything we can to make it easier for you to continue your lifesaving work. So, while you may be unable to train because of COVID-19 in your area, we are updating guidance released on March 13, 2020 regarding card extensions. The American Heart Association will now extend AHA Instructor and Provider Course Completion Cards for 120 days beyond their recommended renewal date, beginning with cards that expire in March 2020. Please see the updated guidance here.

      Given this extension, we know that high-quality CPR is the primary component in influencing survival from cardiac arrest. To save more lives, healthcare providers must be competent in delivering high-quality CPR, and patient care teams must be coordinated and competent working together effectively.

    • Thank you for everything you’re doing during this challenging time. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and provide you with information and resources so you can stay focused on saving lives.Sincerely,American Heart Association