Relearning the A-B-C’s: San Francisco First Aid Kit and Training Organization ICE Safety Solutions Explains and Begins Teaching the Latest Hands-Only CPR and C-A-B CPR Techniques

San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 29, 2011

For years, CPR was taught as “A-B-C” (Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions). Last October, the American Heart Association (AHA) changed the acronym and the protocol. AHA now recommends that untrained rescuers follow the Hands-Only CPR guideline. Rescuers trained in CPR through a company, occupation or medical facility should follow “C-A-B” (Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing). The new workbooks are available now.

“Those who have been taking CPR training for years and years may feel frustrated learning that the guidelines have changed, yet again,” says Pamela Isom, President and CEO of ICE Safety Solutions. “It is important to not get frustrated. American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR are updated every five years. The guidelines reflect our continued commitment to saving lives by updating resuscitation science, training, and education, and to improve the quality of care given by trained and untrained rescuers.”

First aid training center ICE Safety Solutions offers advice on the new AHA CPR guidelines. As it takes several chest compressions to get blood moving again, the AHA wants all rescuers to keep pushing as long as they can, instead of giving breaths first. However, the new guidelines apply differently depending on training level.

Untrained rescuers should perform Hands-Only CPR on adult victims who immediately collapse. Hands-Only CPR focuses on calling 911 and then pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest until EMS arrives or an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is in place. Trained rescuers should perform “C-A-B” for a collapsed patient, focusing immediate attention on effective compressions, and giving breaths after, with newborn babies as the only exception.

According to the AHA: “This fundamental change in CPR sequence will require reeducation of everyone who has ever learned CPR, but the consensus of the authors and experts involved in the creation of the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC is that the benefit will justify the effort.”

ICE Safety Solutions includes the “C-A-B” and Hands-Only CPR update for those clients who offer CPR training to their employees, Emergency Response Teams and for those individuals who train at ICE’s Bay Area CPR trainingfacility in Fremont on evenings and Saturdays.

“No matter what the training level, everyone should take a class to familiarize themselves with the new protocol,” says Isom. “Every single person has the potential to witness someone in an emergency situation. Being ready when the time comes is what makes a bystander a hero.”

For more information about the AHA CPR update or any of ICE Safety Solutions products or services, call them at (877) 7438 423 or view them on the web at

About ICE Safety Solutions

ICE Safety Solutions is a San Francisco Bay Area first aid kit provider and first aid training organization that specializes in first aid training, CPR training, disaster preparedness, first aid kits and products, and medical supplies. ICE Safety Solutions has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years. They are certified by the American Heart Association, and are a MEDIC First Aid-Silver Training Center.

ICE Safety Solutions is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE), and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). All of their training complies with Cal-OSHA regulatory guidelines in the occupational setting. Their pediatric training is approved by the State of CA Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).

ICE Safety Solutions offers low-stress, easy learning, “seeing, hearing, and doing” formats to build better retention. They provide “life-like” adult mannequin for every 2 people in the class, to ensure maximum practice. ICE uses tools such as Ketchup, Glow-Germ, Black Light and Vinyl gloves to practice skills rather than lecturing about them. They also encourage smiling and having fun during class to promote long-term retention of skills.