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American Heart Association Card Extensions Update

Over the last three months, to support you during this challenging time, our parent organizations the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical have released guidance on additional precautions, options for healthcare providers, interim CPR guidance, just-in-time ventilation modules, and course card extensions.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and providers may have more options available, the American Heart Association released new updates for card extensions as of May 20, 2020. AHA Provider and Instructor cards that expired in March and April, and those expiring at the end of May and June can renew their card for up to 120 days from the recommended renewal date on their card.

Beginning in July, the American Heart Association will resume normal timelines for renewing cards. Those with cards expiring at the end of July should plan to renew their cards by the recommended renewal date on their card (July 2020).

Online, adaptive learning course

To address the significant challenges of providing resuscitation in the age of COVID-19, the American Heart Association launched an online, adaptive learning course on April 9, 2020 to coincide with its scientific statement, “Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.” This course is a complimentary offering with critical information, clinical guidance, and modified algorithms from the AHA for BLS, ACLS and PALS during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access the free course on our COVID-19 resources destination, or through the direct link here.

We encourage all healthcare providers to complete this course to enable understanding of how to apply the AHA’s interim guidance for the treatment of cardiac arrest victims with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This course is another means to deliver on our commitment to support healthcare providers in helping people while protecting their own health and energy, and ensuring they remain competent in lifesaving efforts through effective resuscitation skills.