American Heart Association AHA CPR Certification

San Francisco Bay Area AHA & ARC CPR Classes

STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING

BETWEEN

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

AND

THE AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS

I. Purpose

The purpose of this Statement of Understanding is to continue a working relationship

between The American Red Cross (ARC) and the American Heart Association

(AHA) for the matters described below and to replace their earlier Statement of

Understanding for such matters. This Statement outlines the broad framework for

cooperation between the two organizations in providing information to their chapters

and affiliates regarding the equivalency of topics and content in First Aid, Cardio-

Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) training

programs, as well as other services for which cooperation may be mutually

beneficial.

This Statement of Understanding is being established in consideration of the fact the

ARC and AHA serve similar audiences and a common purpose to increase the

number of people trained in First Aid and CPR. Along with reaching similar

populations the ARC and AHA also share similarities in the content of their training

programs. This collaboration will allow ARC Chapters and AHA state and local

affiliates to provide information and recognition of the other’s training to both

instructors and to end users.

II. Concept of Operations:

Each party to this SOU is a separate and independent organization. As such, each

organization retains its own identity in providing service and each organization is

responsible for establishing its own policies and financing its own activities.

III. Mission of The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that

provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and

respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its

congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross

and Red Crescent Movement.

IV. Mission of The American Heart Association

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The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose

mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

V. Organization of the American Red Cross

The national headquarters of the American Red Cross is located in Washington,

D.C. National headquarters is responsible for implementing policies and regulations

that govern American Red Cross activities, and for giving administrative and

technical supervision and guidance to the chartered units. Chartered units include

chapters and Blood Services regions. The Board of Governors has delegated to the

duly constituted volunteer governing board of each chartered unit the authority and

responsibility for: (a) governance of the chartered unit, (b) delivery of authorized

services in the territorial jurisdiction of the chartered unit, (c) meeting corporate

obligations, in conformity with and subject to the limitations stated in corporate

regulations.

The American Red Cross provides services in the following five (5) lines of service:

Biomedical Services, Disaster Services, Health and Safety Services, International

Services, and Armed Forces Emergency Services.

Each chartered unit has the authority and responsibility for carrying out the purposes

of the American Red Cross, for delivering local American Red Cross services, and

for meeting corporate obligations within the territorial jurisdiction assigned in

conformity with corporate regulations. The chartered units (“chapters”) coordinate

their work through eight (8) regional service areas.

VI. Organization of the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization fighting

heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in communities across

America. To prevent, treat and defeat these diseases, the association funds

research, educates the public and health professionals, and advocates for healthier

communities.

The American Heart Association is a single corporation, divided physically into the

National Center located in Dallas, Texas, and 10 affiliate offices that cover the

United States. Operations are divided into seven main areas: Office of Chief

Executive Officer, Advocacy, Corporate Operations, Field Operations and

Development (which includes ECC), Healthcare Markets, Science Operations and

Technology, and Customer Strategies.

The American Heart Association is a volunteer board led organization. The

Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, which formulates scientific standards

of care and guidelines for the ECC training programs in the United States is

commissioned by the American Heart Association Board of Directors. The ECC

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Committee has five sub-committees on Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support,

Pediatric Life Support, Education, and the Program Administration Committee. The

ECC Program Administration Committee establishes the training and program

standards of all ECC courses.

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care business unit is a National Center operational

unit with both National Center and Affiliate-Regional based staff. The ECC program

is comprised of 105 ECC field staff covering 43 Regions comprising the 50 states,

District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; the ECC program additionally has

international staff providing services to more than 50 countries. Services of the

Emergency Cardiovascular Care program include Basic Life Support, Advanced

Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation

Program (in partnership with the AAP.) The National ECC office provides

administrative and technical oversight to the Regional staff and programs.

The ECC program has over 270,000 instructors in BLS, ACLS, and PALS, who

teach through 3,500 authorized Training Centers in the United States and

throughout the World. Courses are delivered to healthcare providers, corporate

workforces, public and parochial schools students and teachers, military servicemen

and women, and the general public.

VII. Method of Understanding

ARC and AHA agree to recognize the other’s student level CPR and First Aid

training programs as equivalent in content, as shown in the following table of

courses. The recognition is for entrance into an appropriate provider (student)

renewal course or an instructor course.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

American

Red Cross

Recommended

Audience

American Heart

Association

CPR—Adult Lay rescuers Heartsaver CPR: Adult

CPR—Child and

Infant Lay rescuers Heartsaver CPR:

Pediatric

CPR/AED—Adult

and Child Lay rescuers

Heartsaver AED

(includes adult CPR

certification)

CPR —Adult,

Infant and Child Lay rescuers Heartsaver CPR:

Adult and Pediatric

First Aid

or

Standard First Aid

Lay rescuers Heartsaver First Aid

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CPR/AED for the

Professional

Rescuer

Healthcare providers

and professional

rescuers

Basic Life Support for

Healthcare Providers

ARC agrees to:

Inform their instructors, chapters, other units or departments, and otherwise

widely distribute, this Statement of Understanding and urge full cooperation with

the Statement of Understanding.

Recognize the quality of the AHA’s instructors, and expedite the process for AHA

instructors to become authorized to teach similar ARC courses in First Aid, CPR

and AED usage. The Administrative Guidelines for Crossover Courses which

provide a framework for cross training AHA instructors to become ARC instructors

will be maintained and widely distributed.

Recognize the AHA’s certification for the same time period as the ARC’s

equivalent certificate.

Acknowledge the American Heart Association in bringing together top

scientists and researchers to evaluate the latest cardiovascular and

resuscitation research and develop the published consensus for the treatment

of cardiovascular emergencies.

Recognize that the American Heart Association is the nation’s largest voluntary

health agency fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Through donations and fundraising events, the American Heart Association

annually funds cardiovascular research throughout the United States.

AHA agrees to:

Inform their instructors, affiliates, other units or departments, and otherwise

widely distribute, this Statement of Understanding and will urge full cooperation

with the Statement of Understanding.

Recognize the quality of the ARC’s instructors, and expedite the process for

ARC instructors to be authorized to teach the AHA’s similar courses in First Aid,

CPR and AED usage. A Crossover Agenda which provides a framework for

cross training ARC instructors to become AHA instructors will be maintained and

widely distributed.

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Recognize the ARC’s certification for the time period indicated on the

certification.

Recognize that the American Red Cross is the premiere provider of humanitarian

disaster relief services. The American Heart Association supports the position of

the American Red Cross in conducting special appeals and campaigns for funds

during times of disaster.

The organizations will strive to ensure that open communications between the

parties is maintained. Communications systems such as meetings, conferences,

telephone calls, and email will be utilized.

Recognizing the need for advising the public of the work of both organizations, the

American Red Cross and American Heart Association will make every effort through

their public information offices to keep the public informed of their cooperative

efforts.

The ARC and AHA will actively seek to determine other areas/services within their

respective organizations where cooperation and support will be mutually beneficial

and to amend this Statement of Understanding accordingly to include such

agreements.

Recognizing the need for advising the public of the work of both organizations, the

American Red Cross and American Heart Association will make every effort through

their public information offices to keep the public informed of their cooperative

efforts.

The organizations agree that any mutual expenses incurred as a result of

cooperation or collaboration under the terms of this Statement of Understanding will

be apportioned as agreed to in writing by both parties prior to incurring such

expenses.

Use of the name and emblem of one party by the other party shall be allowed only in

the case of particular projects undertaken and only upon obtaining the prior express

written consent.

VIII. Periodic Review

Representatives of the American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety

Services Department and American Heart Association, Emergency Cardiovascular

Care Programs will meet annually, on or around the anniversary date of this

Statement of Understanding, to evaluate progress in the implementation of the

Statement of Understanding and to revise and develop new plans or goals as

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appropriate.

IX. Term of Statement of Understanding

This Statement of Understanding shall be effective on June 30, 2007 and expire on

June 30, 2011. Six months prior to expiration, the parties shall meet to review the

progress and success of the Statement of Understanding and determine whether it

should be extended for an additional five years. Any agreed extension shall be

memorialized by the parties in writing. In no event shall any extension of this

Statement of Understanding be for a period exceeding five (5) years.

This Statement of Understanding may be terminated by written notification from

either party to the other.

X. Miscellaneous.

This Statement of Understanding does not create a partnership or a joint venture,

and neither party has the authority to bind the other.

Scott Conner Michael C. Bell

Vice President Vice President

Preparedness and Health and Safety ECC Programs

American Red Cross American Heart Association

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