WNY Healthcare Education - Classes Re-starting!

(Notice Posted: April 27, 2020)

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Dear WNY Healthcare Education Community,

We are getting there! We are making it through and beginning to see some light at the end of the long dark tunnel, thanks mainly to all the true life-saving heroes that teach or take our AHA life-saving skills classes everyday: Our front line medical workers, first responders, and essential workforce. We offer you our sincere heartfelt gratitude for being the best of us, saving us all. You are the true life-savers! Thank you for everything you do. We at WNYHE are now, and will forever be, deeply dedicated to making sure you receive the latest skills, support, and accreditation you need to continue saving lives. We are currently receiving overwhelming demand to again begin offering our safe and convenient AHA accreditation classes. We want to help you keep fighting. To that end...

WNY Healthcare Education is resuming regular BLS, ACLS, and PALS classes from May onwards!

As things ramp up, and as far as we can do so safely, we hope to offer twice as many classes as before for your convenience, so that class sizes can be smaller. As you may know, to receive certification, BLS, ACLS, and other skills classes necessarily require students complete an ‘in-person skills instruction’ component with certified instructors. This is to make sure students have accurately practiced the correct procedures to save, not harm, patients. We all want to make sure we are helping, not hurting. WNYHE wants to make sure the risk to instructors and students taking class in our WNYHE Training Center on Transit Road in Depew, is sufficiently low to make these in-person group sessions possible. While we can, and will, take great effort to thoroughly sanitize the facility before and after each class to make sure it is a safe environment for training, we cannot ensure the health status of student participants, other than to perform checks at the door. The following outlines our plans to reduce risk to all class attendees and to everyone in our community when we resume classes.

More precautions

When we do resume classes, you will notice the following changes:

  • Masks—all individuals in the training center will be required to wear masks. PLEASE COME TO CLASS WEARING A MASK THAT COVERS YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE, OR YOU MAY BE RESTRICTED FROM ADMITTANCE TO THE TRAINING FACILITY.
  • Smaller classes sizes—likely limited to around 6 individuals per class
  • Social distancing—class participants will be spread out to maintain proper social distancing during lecture
  • More simulation—close group skills will be somewhat curtailed with more simulation at times where we can avoid having people
  • Increased disinfecting—WNYHE staff will carry out careful disinfecting of the entire facility before, during, after class, with sanitization materials available.
  • Slight changes in training—Following AHA guidelines, students will not be required to place mouths on mannequins, or to come in contact with certain equipment, whenever it can be avoided.
  • Individual sanitization—Equipment will be sanitized after each student use.
  • Other slight changes for safety—WNYHE will be making a number of other small and hopefully not too noticeable changes to our classes, but with big effect in helping greatly reduce the risks to our students, instructors, and community.

We welcome any other suggestions to help our students and instructors feel safer and more comfortable in class when we resume.

Keep an eye on the www.wnyhe.com

Our website home page will have a link to the latest information, and we will be constantly updating our calendar with scheduled future classes. So please keep checking our website and make sure to register for an upcoming class that is convenient for you. For now, when we re-start, all WNYHE classes will be offered at the Transit Road Training Center, with other on-site training hopefully to resume soon. We look forward to soon giving you some good news and to see you back in our training center so that we can support your heroic efforts to save lives!

Sincerely,
- Roger Leising

WNY Healthcare Education