New DANB-Approved CPR Guidelines

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CHICAGO (April 8, 2009) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has updated its CPR guidelines. Current CPR certification is required for annual renewal of DANB certification.

As of 2/16/09, DANB accepts CPR cards from the following providers (CPR must be part of the course), if the course includes a clinical (hands-on) examination.

Accepted CPR providers include:
• American Red Cross
• American Environmental Health and Safety
• American Heart Association
• American Safety and Health Institute
• Canadian Red Cross
• Emergency Care and Safety Institute
• Emergency First Response
• Emergency Medical Training Associates
• Medic First Aid
• Military Training Network
• National Safety Council (Green Cross)
• ProCPR (added Feb 2009) Not all courses include the hands-on exam so check with provider before taking course to be sure it will be accepted by DANB)
• Saudi Heart Association

For more information, visit DANB's Web site at or see the CPR guidelines flyer or review the Recertification Requirements.

About DANB

DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB's certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. DANB serves the public by promoting a means of identifying qualified and competent dental assistants and by measuring and promoting excellence in oral healthcare delivery. As a Mark of Dental Assisting Excellence, DANB Certification is a source of pride for those who achieve it. Currently, there are more than 33,000 DANB Certificants nationwide, and DANB Certifications and Certificates of Competency are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For those dental assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements, DANB Certification may be earned in the areas of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and/or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA). In addition to these two national certifications, DANB offers Certificates of Competency in Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE). The RHS and ICE exams are components of the CDA exam, and ICE is also a component of the COA exam. Individuals may take these components separately in order to earn Certificates of Competency. Passing either or both of these exams demonstrates a dental assistant's competency in these two areas that are important to the health and safety of oral healthcare workers and patients alike.

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