First Aid Training Recommendations from DAN

We have received many inquiries from both instructors and students about holding and attending CPR and first aid classes during this pandemic. Unfortunately, effective first aid training requires practicing skills in close contact with other people, which is incompatible with the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC, WHO and most local health departments.

That being said, we know some courses are still taking place and, in some circumstances, must be held. And maintaining CPR and other first aid skills may be especially important during this period in which emergency medical services and hospitals are facing serious challenges.

At this time, DAN recommends completing only the online portions of first aid courses. In-class sessions and skill development should be postponed.


If you choose to participate in a CPR or first aid class, please abide by the following:

• Use personal protective equipment (PPE) extensively throughout the course. Use gloves for all skills, and use masks (oronasal, pocket and/or nonrebreather) as appropriate. Do not share PPE.

• Disinfect surfaces often, and disinfect manikins thoroughly between each student.

• Courses have specific performance requirements. Inability to complete required skills will delay course completion approval.

• DAN recommends limiting class size, spreading out as much as possible and using a maximum student-to-instructor ratio of 6:1. Lower is better.

• For college classes and institutions in which a score or grade must be entered, the final assessment may be administered to facilitate this requirement, but a completion card will not be issued until all performance requirements have been met. Students must complete all skill components before a course completion card can be issued.

If you have symptoms or were exposed to an infected person, do not attend a class. Use your best judgement, and consider the well-being of all involved. If you have questions or concerns about whether to hold or attend a course, we encourage you to discuss them with your instructor, your students or us — at Oxygen@DAN.org.