My name is Brad Tillotson. I am a firefighter/paramedic with 34 years’ experience, 23 as a paramedic and currently work for the Unified Fire Authority in Utah. I am a family man and love to travel.
I love teaching CPR because I know it can be such a valuable lifesaving skill. That initial help when someone collapses in cardiac arrest is so critical. If CPR is started within the first 4 minutes of collapse, successful survival rates can be as high as 50-60%, but if started at 10 minutes, survival rates are as low as 1-3%. I am saddened that so many people could have been saved if someone had just known how to successfully intervene. I have taught CPR to Boy Scouts for years and am happy to report that some have saved younger siblings in drowning accidents successfully.
When I teach, I encourage a lot of hands on practice, so that the student is unafraid to get involved when needed. I like to use a 3:1 student to mannequin ratio. I love the interaction of small groups and teach in doctors and dental offices quite frequently. I am bi-lingual in Spanish and have taught employees in Costco, and J & K Services, a service uniform company, assisted living centers and other auto industry companies. I encourage the team concept to minimize hands off time and even teach students to bring in the untrained to successfully help because successful CPR can be so tiring in just 2 minutes time and additional support is so critical in those first few minutes. I teach CPR for the lay person, especially those that work with youth groups (Heartsaver/AED CPR), and BLS CPR needed for healthcare professionals, CNA’s, MA’s, EMT’s, PM’s, RN’s, PA’s & MD’s. The AED or automated external defibrillator is included in both classes. Successful use of an AED within the first few minutes has an almost 90-95% success rate.
I am also an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) & PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certified instructor and have taught MD’s, RN’s, PA’s, & other paramedics.
I would love to help you in your business to help you serve your customers better