Frequently Asked Questions
Can I purchase an AED?
Yes, every class attendee, volunteer instructor, or host site is eligible to purchase a discounted
AED (roughly 35% off retail) from our partner Rescue One.
Why can’t children under the age of 13 attend the class?
We have found that children aged 13 and older possess the maturity to comprehend and
perform the skills taught in this course, and also the attention span to not disrupt other learners.
Why is it important for learners to sign up online?
Signing up online allows us to plan for the correct number of instructors, manikins and supplies
for you to have an outstanding learning experience.
How can I volunteer as an instructor?
Please use this link to learn more and register your interest as an instructor.
What does my monetary donation support?
Although the ability to save a life is priceless, the retail cost of each donated AED is around
$1000. We also purchase AED manikins and trainers to staff each site with the equipment
needed to educate our learners. Although our instructors are volunteers, there is still
considerable expense in planning for and supporting each training.
How often should I repeat the class?
It is recommended that everyone complete an in-person refresher training every 2 years. You
may visit our website at any time to refresh your skills virtually as well.
How does this training differ from what is offered by the American Heart Association.
Our training is for the PUBLIC, thus we never charge or “certify” learners. We provide the skills
needed to perform bystander CPR and utilize an AED in about 1 hour, with no formal testing, in
a low stress environment making this an accessible skill for all.
What makes for an ideal host site?
An ideal host site will have a designated “champion” to work with our foundation to sign up
learners and promote the event. The site should be able to accommodate at least 35 learners
and have the capability to project a PowerPoint presentation for the audience.
Why June 1 and is another date possible to get a donated AED?
Every first Saturday in June is our CPR and AED Education Day across the United States. This
compliments CPR and AED Awareness Week. Our organization kicks off this week with our free
education and AED Access Program. Due to the size, scope, and complexity of this endeavor
we only support this program on the first Saturday in June and the third Sunday in October
annually. We focus on non-English speaking classes in October.
What are the requirements for instructors?
Anyone who has taken a CPR class previously may serve as a hands-on instructor. We have
extensive online training to bring instructors up to speed to ensure that all of our training is
standardized. The ‘lead’ instructor will deliver the PowerPoint presentation (provided by C&S)
and will preferably have a healthcare background, or a strong instructional background and
comfort with public speaking.
Do we provide training in languages other than English?
Yes. We have a curriculum in Spanish (and a board member dedicated to Spanish language
education and outreach) and have taught in American Sign Language among other languages.
Email us for more information: Compressandshock@Gmail.com
What is a ‘refreshed’ automated external defibrillator (AED)?
AEDs retail for around $1500.00. Refreshed AEDs have previously been in the community and
are available through our partner Rescue One for resale. The refreshed AEDs have not been
altered in any way. As we are a non-profit we strive to ensure that we stretch the maximum
amount out of each dollar, as this helps us place AEDs in more communities. The AEDs are
under the manufacturer’s warranty and function just as new
Why don’t we provide formal ‘certification’?
Our learner audience is the public and certification is not needed to save a life.
Can you further define ‘underserved community’ and what are the details on
‘collaboration with that community?’
Any community that aligns with our mission statement (see website homepage) is desirable. If
you have any question as to whether your community qualifies, please contact us and we will
assist you in determining your eligibility.
Does any learner community that brings together 35 or more learners qualify for our
AED Access Program and potentially a free AED?
While we aspire to someday be in a position to have unlimited access to grant-funded AEDs,
currently we do not have unlimited funds. Thus, we have to judiciously use our grant-funding
to maximize engagement with communities that align with our mission statement. Learner
communities that have adequate financial resources to obtain an AED without our assistance
are always welcome to attend any of our free CPR and AED training classes, and by attending a
training all learners have the option to purchase