“One Breath: The Importance of Recognizing Agonal & Other Breathing Problems” User-Level Program

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“If he’s talking, he’s breathing,” is a comment often given to the media by law enforcement spokespersons following the sudden death of a suspect who repeatedly said “I can’t breathe” prior to dying. Many of these tragic events were uploaded to social media by civilians who had videotaped them on their cellular telephones. Professional media also replayed the incidents, including the shoot-from-the-hip and inaccurate comment about breathing. Today’s bottom line is simple: The public is demanding accountability and transparency from government entities, including law enforcement. Public mistrust of law enforcement and government entities continue to grow.

FACT: Talking does not equal breathing. FACT: One or two breaths do not equal breathing, either. These dangerous misunderstandings about breathing can often be traced to a lack of training. Law enforcement officers generally get good training on how to contain, capture, control, and restraint people, but receive little, if any, training on post-restraint issues such as how to identify breathing difficulties, including agonal breathing.

An informal and non-scientific survey of IPICD program attendees by IPICD instructors, confirmed that few officers had received training on how to identify breathing difficulties, including agonal breathing. The IPICD staff and Board of Directors believe they have a social responsibility to offer this tuition-free online training program as one way to educate officers and other interested parties about ventilation, respiration, breathing difficulties, agonal breathing, and response “Best Practices.” Program goals are straight forward: to save lives; to save careers; and to save taxpayer money defending costly litigation arising from these type of events.

User-Level Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program and online assessment you can print a certificate. You may enroll in this program again in the future.

Program Prerequisite

None, other than the required items shown below.

Course Access and Instructions

Tuition:          None, it is tuition-free.

Full instructions are available after you register and enroll in the program.

Required Items

  • Computer with speakers (all lessons have optional narration, with one or more lessons requiring the listening to third party audio),
  • Computer with dependable Internet connection (high speed connection is recommended for best results),
  • Knowledge on how to navigate the Internet,
  • Mouse (unless using touch screen),
  • Keyboard (unless using touch screen),
  • Printer (optional),
  • IPICD One Breath: The Importance of Recognizing Agonal & Other Breathing Problems User-Level Study Guide (only downloadable after you have enrolled),
  • Comfortable chair,
  • Comfortable writing surface for note taking,
  • Writing instrument,
  • Highlighter for the highlighting of workbook and/or article text,
  • Appropriate lighting, and a
  • Quiet area.

NOTE: All documents are in PDF. Adobe Reader can be downloaded from here.

About this course  

This online course consists of 5 topic-specific lessons and an assessment. Each topic-specific lesson includes text, slide show, and optional audio narration. One or more lessons also include video that is required viewing. Additional information about each topic can be found in the One Breath: The Importance of Recognizing Agonal & Other Breathing Problems” User-Level Study GuideAfter you have successfully completed the 5 lessons, there is an assessment that must be passed prior to printing your User-level certificate.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Course materials comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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