Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid

The American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Programs deliver a dynamic message of hope — the hope of saving lives.  New treatments have improved the possibility of survival from cardiovascular emergencies, cardiac arrest, and stroke. These new treatments offer the hope of improved quality of life for people who suffer these events.  

Increasing public awareness of the importance of early intervention and ensuring greater public access to defibrillation will save many lives.  ECC programs train more than 12 million people every year by educating healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general public on how to respond to these emergencies. 

The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid course is designed to meet the regulatory and credentialed training requirements for child care workers in all 50 states.  This course teaches basic first aid, CPR, and AED skills for children such as:
• What to do when a child or infant has a breathing problem
• Giving compressions and breaths to an infant or child

• Stopping bleeding that can be seen 

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid is for:

• Child care workers 
• Teachers
• Foster care workers
• Camp counselors 
• Youth group leaders
• Coaches 
• Others responsible for children

Course Content

• First aid basics
• Medical emergencies
• Injury emergencies 
• Environmental emergencies
• Optional pediatric first aid modules are:
  - Pediatric first aid topics (eye injuries; fever; suspected abuse; and snake, spider, scorpion, tick and 
    marine animal bites and stings)
  - CPR and AED use
  - Asthma care training for child care providers


American Heart Association Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid Course Completion Card valid for two years.

During the course, an AHA Instructor conducts video-based lessons and works with students
to complete their first aid, CPR and AED skills practice, and CPR and AED skills testing.