In Home CPR is instructing for Kinspace and Momumental

In Home CPR is proud to announce that we are teaming up with Kinspace and Momumental to instruct the infant first aid and CPR portions of their classes.

Kinspace founder Susan Bordon is a licensed psychotherapist and lactation education counselor who has been providing education and guidance to families for over 10 years in hospital and outpatient settings.  Kinspace is exclusively offering McMoyler Method prenatal classes, providing expectant parents with all current best practices and options for any type of birth.  They also offer sleep learning, breast and bottle feeding support groups and postpartum support at home.

Momumental founder Serena Saeed-Winn is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner who offers postpartum prep classes.  Her classes focus on preparing for the first few months of parenthood, including preparing your home and your relationships.  She also covers the typical healing process after birth, important pre-baby conversations, how to create layers of support, nutrition, newborn care and more.

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Now offering ACLS renewal courses in Redwood City

We are now offering American Heart Association ACLS renewal courses at our classroom in Redwood City! This has been a long-time coming and everyone working at the classroom is very excited to finally be offering ACLS.

We can also come to your home or business to do an ACLS class as well.

Here is a link to our upcoming ACLS renewal courses in Redwood City.

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Do you want to buy an AED?

I’m proud to announce I now have a distribution relationship with HeartSine to sell their AEDs.  If you have had a class with me, I will give you a discounted price on your AED.

I like HeartSine AEDs because the battery and the pads are one unit — that means less expiring pieces for you to keep track of, and less costs in the long-run for maintaining it.

There are two AEDs to choose from.  The 350P is the base model; the 450P gives you feedback on the speed of your compressions (tells you to speed up or slow down) during CPR.

To learn more about HeartSine AEDs, visit

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Welcoming Josh Sauberman

In Home CPR is growing and so I’m very happy that Josh Sauberman is now teaching classes for us.  Josh’s experience as an EMT, humor and ability to make complicated ideas easy to understand make him an excellent instructor.

Learn more about Josh and his Walnut Creek CPR classes.

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Cough CPR: It’s a Myth


I’ve had several students ask me about “Cough CPR” as a way to keep their heart beating during a heart attack, thus preventing themselves from descending into cardiac arrest.  Recently, a student opened his wallet and handed me a piece of paper with this email printed on it:


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed in order. Without help the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel Faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.

The student had been carrying this email around him for several years and practicing these breathing and coughing techniques in case he ever had a heart attack.  Unfortunately, coughing during a heart attack is not going to keep your heart beating.  It’s a myth.

Here’s why Cough CPR doesn’t work.  When a person experiences the symptoms of a heart attack (which are described later), the cause is an occlusion (a blockage) in an artery.  This person needs either immediate surgery or clot busting drugs that are administered in the hospital.

The Cough CPR email my student received began circulating in 1999 and soon went viral.  The author of the email appears to be generalizing a technique for a cardiac arrhythmia.  There are techniques with a medical professional’s instruction in which a patient is told to cough during a sudden arrhythmia (irregular beating of the heart).  This approach is only done during procedures in a catheterization laboratory.

Fortunately, there are ways to save your life during a heart attack.  The most important step is recognizing the signs of a heart attack:

1)    Uncomfortable chest pain that feels like pressure, fullness and squeezing that comes and goes, often accompanied by pain down one or both arms.

2)    Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: jaw, neck and upper part of the back

3)    Shortness of breathing

4)    Sweating, lightheadedness, nausea

Women can experience these signs, but also signs that mimic a severe flu or even food poisoning.  I’ve talked to several women who survived heart attacks who believed they had suddenly comes down with the worst flu of their lives.  One tip to remember, you usually feel the flu coming on over many minutes, even hours.  Heart attacks are sudden.

If you are experiencing the signs of a heart attack you should call 911 immediately, stay calm and rest until the ambulance arrives.  Do not drive yourself to the hospital – car crashes caused by drivers having a heart attack are not uncommon… and frequently deadly.

Instead of coughing during a heart attack, immediately chewing 325 mg of Aspirin can help to keep blood flowing through an artery to the heart.  Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen are not a substitute for Aspirin.  It has to be Aspirin.  Do not take Aspirin if you are allergic to it, are taking a blood thinner or show any signs of a stroke.

People do survive heart attacks, but it starts with recognizing the signs and getting immediate help.  Also, think Aspirin, not coughing.


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Chris Schlesinger’s company In Home CPR teaches on-site safety classes at homes and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, serving Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.  He offers certifications through the American Heart Association and American Red Cross in CPR, BLS, AED, standard first aid and pediatric first aid.  Visit his websites at CPR Certification San Francisco or CPR Class San Mateo.

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