Basic Life Support (BLS)
New & Renewal
Basic Life Support is the absolute foundation for ACLS and PALS; if BLS is not performed well, ACLS & PALS will not be effective, and patient death is inevitable. This is often confused, and routinely BLS Provider certificates are given to ACLS and PALS students without adequate BLS training - we will never do this at StartCPR.
We find Basic Life Support skills are sorely lacking; we will not differentiate between initial and renewal classes. All BLS students at StartCPR will follow the A to Z of BLS, and no shortcuts will be made.
The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
Who should take this course?
The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.
What does this course teach?
High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
Important early use of an AED
Effective ventilations using a barrier device
Importance of teams in multi rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi rescuer CPR
Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants