Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. Updated to the 2020 (Most Recent) standards, this video-based, instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants as well as other basic cardiovascular life support skills. This course includes a written & practical exam.
After successfully completing the BLS course students should be able to:
Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival and apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
Perform high-quality CPR on adults, children, and infants
Describe the importance of early AED use and demonstrate using one
Provide effective ventilations with a barrier device
Describe the importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and perform as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.
BLS training is intended for healthcare professionals (certified or non-certified licensed or non-licensed), including:
Emergency Medical Technicians
Respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists
Residents or fellows
Medical or nursing students in training
Aides, medical or nursing assistants, and other allied health personnel
In addition, BLS training can be appropriate for first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as for laypeople whose work brings them into contact with members of the public, such as school, fitness center, or hotel and restaurant employees.