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CPR & First Aid Certification

Hilton Head Nannies & Companions requires ALL of our registry members to be Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid Certified. This includes:

  • Nannies & Sitters
  • Tutors
  • Senior Caregivers
  • Housekeepers
  • Butlers
  • House-sitters
  • Pet-sitters

If you want to be on our registry, you must be CPR & First Aid certified or have a willingness to become so.

Where Can I Get Certified?

The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue offers First Aid & CPR training to the public with American Heart Association certified instructors. CPR classes are free and certification cards are $7 (you will need a card). You can also take the First Aid course online through the AHA and then take the skills test through Fire and Rescue. The AHA charges a fee of $23 for the online class and the skills test is $7.

For a CPR class schedule, call 843-682-5141 and ask to speak with Cynda.

You can also be certified through the Red Cross, though it is much more expensive (about $110 the last time we checked).

Online Certifications

We do not accept certifications from online sources. You must be present before a skills instructor for the skilled portion of the testing. This way we know that you fully understand all of the depth compressions and can perform the necessary skills should an emergency arise.

No exceptions are made to this rule.

Hilton Head Nannies is no like other agencies when it comes to letting CPR & First Aid Certification slide. We are prudent and will not move forward until you have this in place.

Please call us with any questions.

At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S., and more than 10,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries. (According to the NYS Department of Health)

Why is CPR Important?

0-4 mins. - brain damage unlikely
4-6 mins. - brain damage possible
6-10 mins. - brain damage probable
over 10 mins. - probable brain death

CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival. In fact, 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR were performed early enough.(According to the American Heart Association estimates)

Ten Reasons YOU Should Be CPR Certified:

1. No family can rely on 911 alone. When someone stops breathing, or the heart stops beating, he or she typically can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your loved one, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating oxygen to the brain.

2. Over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.

3. Accidental injuries, including choking and drowning, are the leading cause of death in children -- and send over 16 million kids a year to the emergency room.

4. Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year, and approximately 350,000 of these people die before ever reaching a hospital.

5. CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR were performed early enough.

6.Retention of CPR learning is a major issue, according to the American Heart Association. In fact, studies have shown that memory of CPR skills and knowledge tends to deteriorate as early as three months after training, even among highly trained professionals -- including doctors, nurses, and more.

7. CPR is not just for heart attacks! Approximately 7 million adults and children suffer disabling injuries in their own homes and backyards each year, resulting from accidents which may require CPR, according to the American Heart Association.

Some of the common causes of "sudden death" that may require CPR include:

  • Electric Shock
  • Heart Attacks
  • Drowning
  • Severe Allergic Reactions
  • Choking
  • Drug Overdose
  • Suffocation

8. The country's #1 killers -- a combination of heart attacks and accidents -- claim a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.

9. One in six men and one in eight women age 45 and over have had a heart attack or stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

10. Approximately 45% of all heart attacks occur in people under age 65.

Hilton Head Nannies is a professional nanny referral agency.  We carefully screen nannies and have very strict requirements for nannies who are on our registry. We do not employ the nannies -they are independent contractors who are employed by our clients and paid directly by the client.



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