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Important Information for Instructors Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Safety Council is committed to sharing relevant resources to help keep our instructors, our members and the public informed about this rapidly developing situation. We are following directives from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local officials, as well as the U.S. Department of State.

At this time, NSC is proceeding with classes and trainings as planned; however, we will continue to follow all government updates, guidance and reports to determine the appropriate course of action for any NSC class. NSC instructors must consult this technical bulletin outlining protocols to follow with all classes.

NSC also has implemented heightened health and safety measures for all employees and guests in all of our buildings. Instructors must ask all class participants to read and sign this form attesting they are feeling well, have not traveled to a Level 3 country and have not been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19. Please post this sign near the entrances to your building.


Earn Extra Money
NSC is expanding its onsite training registry of instructors. As an adjunct first aid instructor, you can earn $30 per hour plus standard mileage. Bilingual is a plus.

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NSC First Aid Adaptive Online Training

Participants take a self-assessment before they start to determine which areas they already have knowledge and where they need to learn more. The courses are then adapted for each individual. Benefits include up to 50% reduction in learning time, increased engagement, cost savings (less time studying means less time away from the job), convenient online format.

NSC First Aid CPR & AED Online Adaptive Course

For emergency response teams, safety personnel, supervisors, individuals requiring certification, general public.

  • Recognize a medical emergency
  • Handle breathing and cardiac emergencies
  • Sustain life until professional help arrives

For an OSHA-compliant completion card, students must complete skills testing by an authorized tester. Additional fee may apply.

NSC Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens Online Adaptive Course

For health care professionals, lab technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, fire, police, ambulance, EMS and others.

  • Learn about bloodborne and airborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and TB
  • Learn proven steps to reduce exposure risks and prevent infection
  • Be able to take action if an exposure occurs

Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a course completion card, printed at the end of the course.

Purchase now or call (800) 621-7619.


CenterPoint Energey Raises a Flag for Safety
CenterPoint Energy's CPR Certified flag program takes the idea of posting an emergency-ready personnel seating chart to another level. Employees who are certified in first aid and CPR can display a "CPR Certified" flag at their workstations, which communicates to coworkers they can be called on to help in an emergency. The program makes first aid, CPR and AED certification more identifiable in the workplace.

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AED Legislation Tidbits

We closely follow state legislation relating to public access AED programs. From time-to-time, we highlight interesting bills making their way through the sausage factory. Keep in mind the changes described below will apply only if these bills are passed and become law. For now, they are proposed changes.

Tennessee school AED placement requirement: Pending legislation in Tennessee would require the placement of AEDs in all public schools. The bill would also require that students receive CPR/AED instruction and conduct sudden cardiac arrest drills. The bill has passed both houses and is awaiting the governor's signature. Tennessee SB 1135.

Georgia AED law changes: Pending legislation in Georgia would remove certain training, agency notification and reporting requirements applicable primarily to first responder AED programs. Remaining provisions appear to conflict with some of the requirements applicable to volunteer bystander AED programs. The bill doesn't fix these conflicts so some confusion will remain if the it passes (as they do now). Georgia HB 264.

Colorado AED placement encouragement and school donation requirement: Pending legislation in Colorado would encourage public places capable of accommodating 100 or more people to deploy AEDs and would require public schools to accept AED donations. An earlier version of the bill would have removed the state's burdensome and unhelpful AED program requirements and dramatically strengthened immunity protections for everyone involved in Colorado AED programs. Those changes have been removed in the current version. If the bill passes in its current form, AED program burdens will remain high and legal protections will remain quite limited. Colorado HB 19-1183.


Coast Guard Requirement

When issuing first aid completion cards that meet the Coast Guard requirement, please include the following numbers to the card:

First Aid: NATSAF-202
CPR: NATSAF-133

Please include both numbers when completing both First Aid and CPR requirements


Need to Place AEDs Where Kids Learn and Play? GotAED Can Help!
We all know the benefits of having AEDs in public places, especially in schools, and sports and recreation facilities. However, funding for such initiatives can often be a challenge. And while budgeting for AEDs and applying for grants from government agencies and charities are common sources of funding, availability of funding is often limited. Enter GotAED, a project inspired by Simon’s Fund. GotAED is a crowdfunding site dedicated to getting AED devices into places where kids learn and play. This site will empower and enable any person or group to launch a campaign, raise $1,100 and get an AED device. If your school or sports program is interested in initiating a campaign to raise money for AED placement, GotAED may be an effective way to realize that goal.

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The Kiss of Life
“The Kiss of Life” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo featuring an important message: You never know when CPR training will come in handy.

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Time to Prepare for Spring Activities -- with AEDs
It is time to start preparing for spring activities, and that means AEDs. Last year, GotAED, a crowdfunding site dedicated to placing AED devices where kids learn and play, saw 32 campaigns fully funded from 17 states. GotAED wants to double that number in 2019, and you can help. What can we do together for Heart Month? Do you know anyone who wants an AED and does not have funding for one? Contact Samantha at (267) 643-1400 or email [email protected] for more information.


FDA Extends Use Dates for EpiPen
Due to supply interruptions, the FDA has announced some EpiPens and their generic counterparts may be used beyond the manufacturer’s expiration date.

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Important Completion Card Reminder
Instructors and training centers are reminded that expiration dates for all NSC First Aid and CPR cards may not exceed two years. This change was communicated to all instructors and training centers with the launch of the current training programs in 2016 and affects all NSC First Aid and CPR programs. Instructors who encounter a regulatory agency that requires a three-year expiration date must first seek prior approval by contacting [email protected].


Statements Regarding New Completion Cards and Teaching CPR/AED
Recently, NSC began issuing a new, single completion card for First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This card, which has “First Aid, CPR and AED” pre-printed on it, replaces the separate First Aid and CPR completion cards that were issued for First Aid, CPR and AED courses. Recently, we have received complaints from instructors about the cards because they are teaching First Aid and CPR, but not AED in their courses. All instructors are reminded that AED is a required component of the NSC CPR training curriculum, and must be included in all CPR courses. There are no exceptions. Instructors who teach NSC CPR without the AED portion of the course are in violation of the terms of their Instructor Agreement.


New: Single Completion Card for the First Aid, CPR & AED Program
Starting May 15, 2018, the NSC First Aid, CPR & AED (79139-0025) program will no longer require two student completion cards. The card shown here will replace the two separate cards issued to students when they finish our standard course, making administration for our instructors more streamlined.

NEW CARD – First Aid, CPR & AED: Product ID 79178-0000
REPLACES – First Aid 79173-0000 and CPR 79174-000
Continue to use the First Aid Course Completion Card (79173-0000) for students who complete our First Aid Course (79127-0025)
Continue to use the CPR Course Completion Card (79174-0000) for students who complete our CPR/AED Course (79119-0025)

This change will go into effect May 15. Get the Card Template


NSC Statement on Real-Time Feedback Device Requirements
Current research indicates that the use of instrumented directive feedback devices and manikins can improve the overall quality of CPR performance. While the National Safety Council supports the use of such devices in CPR training whenever possible, there are no plans to require the use of such devices in NSC courses at this time.


Introducing the FREE NSC Emergency Medical Response App
The NSC Emergency Medical Response Quick Reference Guide is a vital reference tool. NSC is excited to offer a portable digital version of the guide. It contains the same need-to-know content as the traditional guide, but in a convenient, always with you, electronic format. It’s FREE and can help you save a life. The app is now available from the App Store and Google Pay. Launch Google Play or the App Store and search on “National Safety Council” to find and install the app.


Technical Bullets
  • Updated Information for Epinephrine Administration
    • To reduce injury and infection when administering epinephrine to victims suffering from a severe allergic reaction, the U.S. FDA has updated patient instructions for the use of epinephrine auto-injectors.
  • Teaching First Aid to Child Care Providers in California
    • All instructors teaching EMSA-approved courses must be affiliated with an authorized NSC Training Center. For quality control purposes and to ensure compliance with EMSA regulations, the policies in this bulletin are effective immediately.


Zika Virus Information
Comprehensive information on Zika virus provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Use of Naloxone (Narcan) for Overdoses
Due to the recent rise in heroin overdoses, Nalaxone, also known as Narcan, can now be purchased over the counter without a prescription. It can be administered via nasal spray. This topic is not included in the new First Aid Guidelines.

The ILCOR First Aid Task Force did not identify the administration of naloxone as a first aid measure to be evaluated. Evidence reviews for 22 active first aid questions and reviews (and subsequent treatment recommendations) had to have been completed by the end of January 2015 to be included in the 2015 Guidelines.

At a recent First Aid Task Force meeting in Chicago, we learned that evidence on this topic is being reviewed by the Advanced Life Support Task Force. This Task Force will be making a treatment recommendation based on this evidence in 2015.


Curriculum and Program Changes
In addition to the curriculum changes to the programs, we updated the design and layout to better suit our instructors' needs. We are excited about the changes and know you will be too.

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Minor Content Change for Spinal Injuries

Instructors should be aware of a minor change across all programs regarding risk factors that may cause rescuers to suspect a spinal injury. Previously, program materials identified “victims 65 or older,” and “children over the age of 2 with trauma to the head or neck” as potential triggers to suspect spinal injury. These two statements have been removed. The rationale behind this change is that rescuers providing care to any victim with trauma to the head and/or neck should suspect a possible spine injury.

California EMSA

When the California EMS Authority re-approved NSC Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED course, it required NSC to modify some materials. In tick bites and bee/wasp stings, NSC deleted a step or bullet point. In cleaning wounds, NSC reworded a step to reflect a California-mandated procedure. In the asthma segment, NSC added material from the EMS Authority’s Inhaled Medications Training. These changes were rolled into our textbook revision in 2016. You may use textbooks you already have provided you include these modifications and supply your students with a copy of the Injected Medications Training content.

  • EMSA Textbook & Instructor Manual
  • Training Curriculum

Pediatric Supplement

This link will provide you with the Instructor Manual pages for Pediatric that will be used to teach the supplement in California and Lousiana. 

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