What Happened to CPR level B?

All CPR and first aid courses undergo modifications and improvements approximately every 5 years. Recommendations and modifications are provided through a large committee on CPR which is associated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The general direction of CPR within the past few decades has been towards simplicity and ease of understanding. The large committee group has preached a simpler method for all CPR rescues including CPR for adults, children and infants. With the development of a simpler system CPR level “B” has become outdated as all of its curriculum is now included in CPR level “A”.

Difference Between CPR level’s

Prior to 2005, CPR level “A” (more course information) taught candidates specific rescue techniques for adult victims. CPR level “B” went a step further and taught students rescue procedures for adult and child patients. In 2005, CPR techniques for adult and child victims became almost identical. This made the CPR “A” course almost identical to CPR “B”. In 2005, all of the major providers noticed this change and decided to slowly remove it from the program. By approximately 2007 it became almost impossible to find a CPR “B” course or to become certified in it. Unfortunately, not much was done in terms of candidate awareness. Many CPR “B” candidates who needed to re-certify for employment or school purposes were confused and didn’t know whether to upgrade to CPR “C” (includes infant CPR) or to “down-grade”, without knowing its a identical course, to CPR “A”.

Still Around

To make things even more confusing CPR “B” hasn’t been removed entirely from all the programs. The Red Cross has a childcare first aid program which they operate exclusively. In this program CPR “B” is the only option for students. This continued addition to childcare first aid is the last area where CPR “B” exists. However, childcare first aid will soon modify its program and likely also remove CPR “B”.

In the meantime, it is recommended for everybody that was required to have CPR “B” to maintain certification in CPR level “A”. Hopefully this article clears up the confusion with where the CPR level “B” program has went. For more information about the current CPR “A” or CPR “C” program visit our website course pages for either of those classes.