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Key Takeaways about the Guidelines

  • Changes to the ASHI and MEDIC First Aid training programs have been completed or are underway.
  • Interim materials for the programs are available for programs not yet released.
  • We will communicate regularly with you throughout the Guidelines and Update process.

What Are the Guidelines? 


The Guidelines are the result of a rigorous review and analysis of the scientific evidence supporting treatment recommendations for  CPR, Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC), and first aid. Standards for training laypersons and professionals in CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) were first established in 1974 by the American Heart Association,® Inc.  Over time standards have changed into guidelines, a global expert consensus on the science process has developed, and first aid science and treatment recommendations have been added. Updates have occured about every five years.  The most recent guidelines were released in October of 2015 (G2015). HSI has participated in the Guideline development process for 25 years. A Health & Safety Institute representative (HSI) was a volunteer member of the 2015 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) First Aid Task Force and a collaborator on the 2015 International Consensus on First Aid Science with Treatment Recommendations. 

HSI is now the process of creating completely new versions of ASHI and MEDIC First Aid training programs to incorporate the 2015 science and treatment recommendations. New program features and instructional design improvements are being added to meet the ongoing expectations of  instructors, students, and regulatory authorities.

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How the Update Process
Will Affect You

The status of any Training Center that has not yet purchased updated training programs and the status of any instructor or instructor trainer who has not yet completed the HSI G2015 Update Course covering the changes in treatment recommendations has been set to “inactive.” Inactive means that the Training Center or instructor or instructor trainer relationship with HSI no longer exists, but there are no pending quality assurance matters. The Training Center is not authorized to provide courses. The instructor or instructor trainer is not authorized to issue ASHI or MEDIC First Aid certification cards (or in the case of instructor trainers, not authorized to certify an individual has successfully completed an Instructor Development Course).

Training Centers and instructors may return to “current and active” status at any time by purchasing updated G2015 training programs and completing HSI G2015 Update Course . Current and active status means the Training Center is authorized to provide G2015 classes and the instructor or instructor trainer is authorized to issue ASHI or MEDIC First Aid G2015 certification cards. In order to teach the new G2015 programs, the authorized instructor or instructor trainer must be affiliated with a Training Center that owns the G2015 materials for the class being taught.

Discontinued G2010 Training Programs

The G2010 versions of the following ASHI and MEDIC First Aid Training Programs have been discontinued. Certification cards for the following discontinued programs may no longer be legitimately issued.

  • G2010 ASHI Basic First Aid (BFA)
  • G2010 ASHI CPR and AED (CPR AED)
  • G2010 ASHI CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid (Combo)
  • G2010 ASHI Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid
  • G2010 ASHI CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer
  • G2010 MEDIC First Aid, BasicPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Adults
  • G2010 MEDIC First Aid, PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults
  • G2010 MEDIC First Aid CarePlus CPR and AED

Updated G2015 Training Programs

The discontinued G2010 training programs above have been replaced with the following updated 2015 training programs and training program standards.

  • G2015 ASHI Basic First Aid (BFA)
  • G2015 ASHI CPR and AED (CPR AED)
  • G2015 ASHI CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid (Combo)
  • G2015 ASHI Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid
  • G2015 ASHI Basic Life Support (BLS, formerly CPR Pro)
  • G2015 MEDIC First Aid, BasicPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Adults (BasicPlus)
  • G2015 MEDIC First Aid, PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults (PediatricPlus)
  • G2015 MEDIC First Aid CarePlus CPR and AED (CarePlus)

Updated training programs will continue to be released throughout 2017. 

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