San Jose CPR classes — take a class at your home or business

In Home CPR was started by safety instructor Chris Schlesinger in 2010 as a service to make it possible for new and expecting parents to take a CPR class in their home.

Since then In Home CPR’s services have expanded to include classes at gyms, dental offices, construction companies, daycare facilities, pre-schools and many other professions that need CPR certifications.

We bring all of the training equipment.  You only need to provide a space for our class.  There is no minimum number of students needed to set up a class with us.

We travel to San Jose for CPR classes as well as surrounding cities like Sunnyvale, Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Clara and Fremont.  We can also travel to the surrounding counties of San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa.

We offer those following San Jose American Heart Association classes at homes and businesses:

  • First Aid
  • First Aid CPR AED
  • Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • ACLS

If you want to set up a class with us, pick a few dates and times that work for you.  We will find a date and time that work for both of us.  You can contact Chris at 415-225-8586 or email him at to set up your class with us.

We also do many non-certification infant CPR classes and first aid classes in San Jose, especially for new and expecting parents.  Infant CPR and responding to choking are important skills to learn and practice when you have a baby.  We know that it can be very challenging to travel to a classroom when you’re pregnant.  Let us show you how to be prepared to respond to a medical emergency for your baby or toddler at your home at a time that works best for your schedule.

Choosing The Right Class

It can be confusing to figure out which certification you need.  Below is a quick guide for choosing the right class.

San Jose First Aid Classes

OSHA compliant companies usually are required to have a particular percentage of their workers First Aid certified.  This is often the case for large contracting and construction companies.  However, this is a class everyone should take because it covers so many of the injuries we respond to in and around the home: bleeding, burns, allergic reactions, broken bones, seizures, fainting, and many more.

San Jose CPR AED Classes

All our San Jose CPR certification classes now include training to use an AED — an automated external defibrillator.  Personal trainers, construction workers, school teachers, bus drivers and many other professions need this certification.

San Jose Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Classes

The American Heart Association’s Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course is the EMSA’s required course for licensed daycare and preschool teachers in California.  However, it’s also a great course for new and expecting parents, babysitters, nannies and anyone else who works with infants and children.

San Jose BLS Provider Classes

This is the CPR class for healthcare professionals in San Jose.  This course used to be called “BLS for Healthcare Providers”.  Recently the American Heart Association dropped “Healthcare” from the course title, but it is the same course.  RNs, EMTs, Dentists, Medical Assistants, Physical and Occupational Therapists, CNAs, Philobotanists all need to take this course.  Students going into these fields also need to this certification.

San Jose ACLS Classes

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is the pharmacology of CPR for adults.  This is an advanced class for paramedics, RNs and MDs.

CPR Essentials

This is our non-certification CPR class for San Jose residents.  If you do not need a certification, consider setting up a custom class with us.  We often do this class for new and expecting parents, but we have also created courses for many other groups: mountain bikers, hikers and baseball teams for example.


Health Topics For New Parents — Flu

In Home CPR has a been a leader since 2010 in educating parents to respond to pediatric medical emergencies.  One potential medical emergency that is often overlooked is the danger of influenza viruses or the flu.

It’s important to know that the flu is caused by a virus, so a common misperception is that the flu can be treated with antibiotics.  There is no need to go the ER or Urgent with mild flu symptoms.  The cure is fluids and rest.

Young children are at a higher risk when they get the flu, and that is why it so important to get a yearly flu vaccination for children.  Flu vaccines, like all vaccines, are not 100% effective and the level of protection varies from year to year depending on the flu strains of that year.  At six months old, infants should begin getting seasonal flu vaccinations.

The symptoms of the flu:

  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Fatigue, feeling weak
  • Headaches
  • Fever can occur, but not all people with the flu have a fever

The flu season starts in the late Fall and peaks in January and February.  In September start thinking about getting a flu shot.

Frequent hand washing is an important part of a flu prevention strategy.  Teach children from a young age about the importance of washing their hands with soap and lots of friction for at least 20 seconds.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are very effective as well.

The flu is potentially deadly.  Here are some of the warning signs in infants and children that should be taken seriously:

  • Fast breathing or labored breathing
  • Rash accompanied by a fever
  • Skin color becomes bluish
  • Sluggish.  Difficulty waking up or not interacting.  
  • Very irritable.  The child does not want to be held.
  • Little desire to drink
  • Fewer wet diapers than normal
  • Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with a fever and a worse cough

In addition to the signs above, call 911 right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

  • Cannot/will not eat
  • No tears when crying
  • Breathing is difficult

In summary, the three actions steps to prevent flu are:

1) Get a flu vaccination every year in the Fall

2) Wash your hands frequently, but especially during flu season

3) Avoid contact with people who are sick with the flu

ER or Urgent Care?

It’s important to know your local health resources.  Many people think they should go to straight to the Emergency Room whenever they need immediate medical care.  It’s important to know your local urgent care facilities as well, especially for non-life threatening treatment.

Below are medical situations with the question being: do I go the ER or Urgent Care.

Problems Breathing

That is an immediate problem that needs to be addressed now.  Uncontrolled airway issues are high on the list of reasons CPR is performed, especially for infants and children. This is an ER visit.  However, this is an ER visit via an ambulance.  Do not drive if someone is having severe difficulty breathing.

A Cut That Needed Stitches

Most cuts can be stitched or glued at an urgent care.  If you feel you cannot stop the bleeding, it’s a 911 call that will bring the victim to an ER.

Chest Pain

Chest pain can be a symptom of a heart attack, so that is a 911 call and the victim going to the ER.  Driving a person with chest pain is dangerous because this is not a stable medical condition that can change for the worse during the drive.  You do not want to be driving while someone’s heart stops and they need CPR.


With an open wound, it’s important to keep it as clean as possible as your body creates a scab.  Open wounds are vulnerable to pathogens entering and causing an infection.  Most people have seen mild infections: the wound is red, tender and might have some pussy discharge.  However, if you see red lines moving away from the wound that is the infection spreading.  Typically, this is a trip to urgent care and the treatment will be antibiotics.  However, if the person is confused and/or has a very high fever call 911.  People do die from infections so always take them seriously.


We Have a Classroom in Redwood City

We do classes in homes and businesses, but we also have a classroom.  It is right off of highway 101, about a 20 minute drive from San Jose.

We offer American Heart Association certification classes and you will receive your certification card the day of your class.

Here is a link to see a list to see our calendar of upcoming Redwood City BLS, CPR, ACLS and First Aid classes.



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