Heartsavers USA

Ricardo Davis | December 20th, 2017
Photo by Ricardo Davis

Photo by Ricardo Davis

Heartsavers USA (formerly known as NC Heartsavers) is a locally owned CPR/First Aid training company. The organization was established in 2014. The company primarily serves the Piedmont Triad and surrounding areas.

Their mission is to increase awareness of the need for CPR/First Aid training. Their goal is to have at least one individual in every household or workplace environment prepared with these lifesaving skills.

Heartsavers USA trains everyone from individuals to corporate clients. Some of their current clients include the US Army, Goodwill Industries, Town of Kernersville, and various medical practices in the Triad area.

The classes offered are based on the AHA & ECC Standards and include BLS for Healthcare Providers, Heartsaver CPR/AED, and First Aid for non-healthcare providers (Daycares, Teachers, Churches, Senior Centers, etc.). They also offer BLS and Heartsaver skill sessions, Friends and Family/ Hands Only CPR, and Blood Borne Pathogens training. All Instructors and classes are American Heart Association (AHA) certified. Onsite training is available. They also provide free training at various community events. Most recently was, “Pink Goes Red” which was hosted by a local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chapter.

Listed are several descriptions of the training provided by Heartsavers, USA.

First Aid –Learn the critical skills needed to manage an emergency until EMS arrives. Topics include first aid basics, medical, injury environmental emergency response, bleeding, sprain, broken bones, shock and others.

Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and AED Training – Learn how to respond to emergencies including cardiac arrest and choking. If you are ever needed to save a friend, family member, or neighbor’s life, this class will make sure you are prepared.

Skills Sessions – For those who have completed the online portion of the course we offer hands on skills sessions. (Basic Life Support and Heartsaver Sessions).

The founder of Heartsavers USA is Ricardo Davis. He is a father of three and a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Davis is a proud Alumni of NC A&T State University. He has served in the healthcare field for over 15 years and currently works for Cone Health in the role of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. He is an active member of the Black and African American Healthcare network group (BAHNG), and often participates in community health fairs, helping to educate and provide general health information to the public.

He started as an instructor within Cone Health. In the spring of 2014 a friend and fellow instructor needed him to fill in for some of their community classes. After a month of assisting, Ricardo started scheduling and teaching some of his own community classes and from there NC Heartsavers was birthed.

His biggest inspirations come from the success stories in the community that you hear about involving CPR. “Stories where a child has saved their parents or siblings, or instances where a complete stranger has saved someone’s baby by using CPR,” he says.

Moving forward, Ricardo hopes to continue to educate, train and raise awareness within his community on the importance of possessing lifesaving skills. “I will continue to build relationships in the community with other organizations and partner on more community service projects involving CPR training,” he says. Stay tuned into Heartsavers USA by visiting their new website which is scheduled to be launched soon.

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