Classes Cost Less When We Come To Your Location

If you’re concerned with the cost of classes (and who isn’t concerned about costs?) consider having us come to your location. If you have a group of 8 or more people who need to be CPR and/or first aid certified the cost is less per person than our classroom based classes. Give us a call, or fill out the class request form at

AHA eCards are becoming a mandatory thing

All American Heart Association Training Centers are required to transition to AHA ecards. What does this mean for you?

We now are issuing electronic course completion cards instead of paper cards. An eCard is the electronic equivalent of a printed course completion card and can be presented to employers as proof of successful completion of an AHA course.  eCards are accepted by every employer who requires an AHA card.  For more info on acceptance, click here.    Like printed cards, eCards also expire two years from the issue date.

You & your employer can verify that your card is valid by clicking here.

Can I receive the regular paper version?
No, the American Heart Association is switching over to the more secure version, so it is not possible to receive the out-dated paper cards. However, you can print out your eCard.



Free AuviQ® vs Epi Pen®

Usually, people with allergies have things like a runny nose, watery eyes and rash. They don’t need emergency medical care. However, we do see people in Grand Rapids that occasionally come into contact with an allergen causing a severe reaction that needs treatment right away and failure to do so might even result in death. The first time you’re exposed to a known allergen, the first attack usually subsides without causing much drama but our immune system becomes sensitized to it. During a second exposure, a severe allergic reaction causes difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, fainting, and other issues that can be fatal without an epinephrine (adrenaline) shot immediately.

For people who are at risk for anaphylaxis from severe allergies, an epinephrine auto-injector is a must to carry. Epi Pen® and AuviQ® are both intramuscular epinephrine delivery systems. Both are pretty easy to use and that makes it easier to self-administer. There are a couple of similarities and differences between the two auto-injectors.

The market-dominating Epi Pen® is shaped like a pen and it has a safety cap on one end (blue) with the spring-loaded needle (orange) on the other end. The Epi Pen® is comparatively larger which makes it easier to find during an emergency. The correct way to hold it is, as we say in our classes here at Grand Rapids Healthcare Training, ‘blue to the sky and orange to my thigh.’ Press it against the outer thigh and with a click, it quickly delivers the correct dosage. However, people sometimes hold it backward resulting in a needle in the thumb and no medicine….and lots of pain.

AuviQ® is a smaller & rectangular, fits in your pocket and because of this men like the compact design, unlike females who can carry larger devices in their handbags. You have to remove it from the outer case, pull off the red safety guard and press the ‘black end’ against outer thigh which delivers the medicine.

Both Epi Pen® and AuviQ® comes in two doses, 0.15mg, and 0.3 mg depending on the weight of the user. 0.3 is for 66 lbs or more and the other is for 33 to 66 lbs.

A unique feature in the AuviQ® is that it tells with a voice prompt users how to use it. This actually might come in handy in a situation where the person is too freaked out to be able to read the instructions written on an Epi Pen®. The five-second countdown with a ‘beep’ and blinking red light at the end are unique features of AuviQ®.

Despite the other available auto-injectors, Epi Pen® still dominates the market selling 1.7 billion devices in 2015 but that may change.

Both brands are widely available for prescription. Here’s something coll though. Doctors can write a prescription for the AuviQ® on February 14, 2017, for $0. For those with insurance including high-deductible plans, it costs $0 dollars out of your pocket and for others with less than $100,000 household income it is also available free of charge. This is going to be only at CVS locations. (see below for the West Michigan CVS locations)

Both AuviQ® & Epi Pen® are well recognized as treatment of anaphylactic shock. Just make sure you call 911 when you use one.

CVS Locations:





5120 28TH ST SE

WALKER, MI 49544




Why Does CPR Change All The Time?

Every five years the American Heart Association updates the protocols for CPR. This is done after they do five years of research as to what CPR techniques and methods and rates seem to be doing the best for cardiac arrest patient’s throughout the United States.

In January 2015 Grand Rapids healthcare training received the latest update guidelines. The good news is for most people who have had a CPR or BLS class before the numbers really haven’t changed. I know I hear from a lot of people that every time they take a CPR class something is changed. And while that may be true, the changes are good ones because every change has been tested for at least five years. So what are the new changes and what you need to be aware of? First, as I said in the beginning there really haven’t been a whole lot of changes. Mostly, the changes have been clarifications. So in the past couple of years we’ve always said when you’re compressing on the chest of an adult you want yo push to a minimum of 2 inches of compression. So a lot of people were like, “so what does that really mean am I supposed to push at 2 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 3 inches, 5 inches…I just don’t get it.” So because of this the American Heart Association came up with some clarifications for us. The numbers that are the best for the patient would be to push at 2 to 2 and half inches of depth on the adult, about 2 inches on children, and about an inch and a half on infants. I don’t know about you but it seems to me that those numbers are pretty consistent so no matter who you’re working on adults children or infants you be giving almost a universal amount of pressure. The other clarification that the American Heart Association made was the rate or how hard we need to push when were pushing on the chest. We used to say a minimum of 100 compressions per minute. Again, people really wanted a solid number that they could shoot for so the American Heart Association is telling us that 120 compressions per minute is what would be the ultimate or the best outcome for the patient. I know a lot of instructors use the song stayin alive in their classes to mimic the beat of 100 compressions per minute. But, we really need to start increasing that to 120 compressions per minute. The song I found that gets us closest to 120 compressions per minute is by Prince, the song 1999.

Some brand-new things that the American heart Association introduced as well for both laypeople as well as healthcare providers is the use of Naloxone or Narcan for opioid induced overdoses. So now for all of the classes that Grand Rapids healthcare training teaches, whether it’s a healthcare provider class or a layperson CPR class, we teach the importance of the administration of this drug in a possible overdose situation. This is just my opinion, but it seems to me that in the next couple of years will see Narcan treated similarly to an AED where it’s available in public places for laypeople to use when needed. Again just my opinion, but I think were headed that way with epi-pens as well.

This is all good and life-saving information and the new guidelines really make it easier for people to get involved. Here’s the problem: training. There needs to be more focus on quality training that’s easy for people to access and doesn’t bore people to death thus turning them off to wanting to take a training in the future. At Grand Rapids healthcare training we’ve been teaching CPR, first aid, AED, BLS for healthcare providers, and other classes without boring people to death for over 10 years. The new additions actually make the class a lot more interesting for students. I encourage you to visit our website at and sign up for a class today.

CPR Classes Online

The question of whether an online CPR class will be accepted comes down to one question:
Is it done 100% online?
If the answer is yes, then it will NOT be accepted by any credible healthcare organization. Other employers will also not accept it.

I know you’ve probably have seen a bunch of online websites selling a certificate, but think about it. Why would any organization that needs to comply with government regulations or OSHA say it’s OK for you to do it online when the regulatory people say it’s not…they wouldn’t. Just because someone sells a card, doesn’t mean it has any value.

I know you are looking for a quick and easy way to get your card, but the only alternative for people needing a card without spending a bunch of time in class is to do a ‘blended’ course. The blended course offered by us from the American Heart Association is NOT 100% online. You do the bookwork stuff, watching the videos, etc… online and then come in and do a skills session in person. So we make sure you understood all the concepts and can actually do CPR.

The same card is issued after a blended class as the one issued after a 4 hour class. The great thing is that you can pretty much get the entire process done in 2 hours of total time. Again, the only one accepted is from the AHA. You can sign up for it here. We also offer traditional classroom classes as well.

If you have questions give me, Jeff, a call at 616-947-1007.

CPR For Teachers

First Aid and CPR Requirements for the Initial Certification of Michigan Teachers.
According to the State of Michigan:
Coursework must include first aid, adult CPR, and child CPR.

Online courses are not acceptable (our blended option IS acceptable!) – learning first aid and CPR requires demonstration and practice.

Candidates are to provide the actual card(s) to the teacher preparation institution for photocopying. The institution will keep the copies with the candidates’ academic records.

Grand Rapids Healthcare Training is an Approved Provider of Courses for First Aid and CPR for Michigan licensing for provisional or student teacher certification.

For new or renewing cardholders.
Approximately 4 hours.

Sign up for a class now!

If sitting in a classroom for an entire class isn’t your thing, you can sign up for a class that is 1 hour of a skills check in our office and the rest of the class (watching the videos, the bookwork type of stuff) done online with the American Heart Association. Yes, it’s accepted by the State of Michigan for licensing. You get the same card, but much less time commitment. Check out the Class Schedules calendar and look for a class with the word “blended” in the title.

Questions? Call (616) 947-1007.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Did you know that to be OSHA compliant with bloodborne pathogens you need to make sure your employees take a BBP class EVERY year. Most businesses are not compliant with all their employees.

The fact is, you don’t need to have one big class for this. Employees can do this all online without having to go anywhere….and yes, it is valid to do this as long as they go through our online class. No in person class is needed. Here is a link to the BBP class we offer. 100% compliant, 100% approved.

Below is a description of the class. Make sure you have your people do this every year. It’s cheap insurance against a ding from OSHA.

This course is designed for any workers with a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens such as:

Correctional Officers
Childcare workers
Security Guards
Maintenance workers
School personnel
Hotel Housekeepers
Health and Fitness Club Staff
Tattoo Artists

In bloodborne pathogens training students learn how to:

Protect themselves from exposure to bloodborne pathogens
Act when exposed to blood or blood-containing materials in the workplace
Clean themselves and the area when exposed to blood or blood-containing materials in the workplace
Tell or report any exposure to blood or blood-containing materials in the workplace

Interactive questions and video segments
Downloadable Participation Certificate is available
Can start, stop and return to online modules as needed
Provides an alternative to classroom-based course

Note: For Michigan Daycare Providers/workers: This class meets the licensing requirement. Daycare licensing only requires this to be completed once.

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan Sample Template

A lot of people who go through our CPR & First Aid classes, either in our office in Grand Raids, or when we do classes at their site, ask about how to put together a MIOSA or OSHA bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan. This is a requirement for just about every business whether you are in the industry of construction, daycare, manufacturing, or really any industry that has a responsibility to their employees or contractors.

Here is a good sample exposure control plan from MIOSHA. Good luck, and if we can help you our with your compliance just give me, Jeff Meyers, at Grand Rapids Healthcare Training. 616-947-1007.

CPR For Daycare Providers

Grand Rapids Healthcare provides CPR and First Aid for daycare licensing that is approved for Daycare Providers & Baby Sitters.

Blood Borne Pathogens is included in the class at no extra cost.

We are approved by the Michigan Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing to provide adult, infant, and child CPR and/or First Aid training to child care providers and caregivers because of our status with the AHA. (1973 PA 116)

We conduct classes for small groups (even for one person). Give us a call and we will make getting your card a no hassle experience.

You’ll find that we are much lower cost than others. Beware of others that sell you one part at a time. If they do not package everything you need for licensing into one class, don’t use them.

West Michigan CPR, Grand Rapids CPR, wherever in Michigan you may be, we can help. We have classes for just one person, or for a group. Check out or schedule, or give us a call.

Call (616) 947-1007.

Grand Rapids Healthcare Training
Grand Rapids, Michigan