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Classes for businesses, communities and organizations

For more about CPR and AED training, call 651-241-4470 or email

As part of Allina Health, Heart Safe Communities offers many options for CPR and AED training.

Friends & Family CPR Anytime (non-certification)
Friends & Family CPR Anytime kits
HeartSaver CPR and AED certification
Train-the-trainer classes for CPR Anytime kits (non-certification)

All class options are accepted and approved under the Minnesota Good Samaritan Law (Minnesota State Statute 604A.01, subdivision 2).

Community/School CPR training curriculum

The 2014-2015 school year marks the first year the CPR in schools law (120B.236) goes into effect. This law requires that all Minnesota students between 7th and 12th grade receive CPR and AED training at least once before they graduate. Training can occur in as little as 30 minutes with compression-only CPR or include a full certification class. Compression-only CPR can be taught by anyone including local firefighters, police officers or Heart Safe Community group volunteers.

Allina Health Heart Safe is committed to assist schools with fulfilling this law by:

  • loaning out equipment
  • helping set up trainings (large group or classroom)
  • sharing free curriculums
  • linking schools with local community partners

Additional resources:

No Fear CPR: Take Action, Save Lives

This fast-paced, 20-minute program explains what sudden cardiac arrest is and how spending just a few minutes learning CPR and how to use an AED can make anyone into a life-saver.

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"No Fear CPR: Take Action, Save Lives" originally aired on Twin Cities Public Television. TPT produced the program with support from Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, Heart Safe Communities and the Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation.

In the news

The ratio now taught for CPR is 30 chest compressions to two breaths.

The life of this party is a CPR dummy named Annie

"Save-a-life" parties are introducing more people to emergency-response techniques in a more relaxed environment.

The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department has been a model for the parties, a concept developed through Allina Health Heart Safe Communities. Read the full story on

For more about CPR training parties, call 651-228-8470 or email

Health encyclopedia resources

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, an emergency lifesaving method that is done when a person's own breathing or heartbeat have stopped, such as in cases of sudden cardiac arrest.

'Save-a-life' parties

Each year, an estimated 350,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest. This killer can strike anyone, at any age, without warning.

Hosting a 'save-a-life' party is a great way to educate friends and family about surviving sudden cardiac arrest through CPR training and AED use.

How to host a CPR training party

Just follow these steps:

1. Organize

  • Set a date, time and location. Make sure room has enough floor space and padding for kneeling during CPR practice.
  • Apply for grants or organize fund raising.
  • Order or plan for supplies, such as CPR Anytime kits ($30 per kit, 1 kit per person recommended) or manikins and AED trainer.
  • Attend a train the trainer class. It will cover cover how to use the CPR Anytime kit to host your party, information to share with your guests, and tips on how to spread the word.

2. Plan

  • Create an invitation list and send out email reminders or post cards.
  • Invite a variety of people, who may want to learn and share the information with another group.
  • Consider video needs. CPR Anytime requires a DVD player and audio.

3. Promote

  • Consider sharing information about your party with the local newspaper or community information flyers.
  • Send out reminders to guests.
  • Make it fun. Get literature and activities.

4. Party

  • Explain "how to save a life" and pass out information on sharing CPR Anytime.
  • Consider making your party a potluck or add it to another group meeting.

5. Report

  • Share the number trained with your local agency, or go to HeartRescue Project and fill out a CPR training report.

6. Repeat

  • Consider having another party.
  • Apply for additional kits through grants, fund raising.
  • Contact Heart Safe Communities for creative ways to reuse your kit.

Learning hands-only CPR

It used to be it took hours to learn CPR. Now, the American Heart Association is promoting hands-only CPR. It is so simple that Charles Lick, MD, Heart Safe Communities founder and medical director for Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, can teach it in less than three minutes. That's what he did for KSTP news anchors Bill Lunn and Megan Newquist.

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