Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers:
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare ProvidersThe BLS for Healthcare Providers course is designed to provide a wide variety of certified or noncertified, licensed or nonlicensed, healthcare professionals with the skills to keep people alive until they can be brought to a hospital or be treated with more advanced lifesaving measures.
The BLS course covers:
adult and pediatric CPR
two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask
foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious)
BLS training is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or nonlicensed, healthcare professionals, 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.
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS for Healthcare Provider Course Completion Card.
Course length is approximately 4.5 hours. Part 1 (cognitive portion) can be taken in an instructor-led training session or on a self-directed basis as an online eLearning course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association BLS instructor.
Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR, BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.