Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team-based basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings.
Who should take BLS?
BLS is for any healthcare provider or first-responder who needs to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills. The course provides prehospital and in-facility tracks, and an accelerated renewal course is available for providers who have BLS experience and need to recertify.
BLS is the basic CPR and lifesaving course for:
Concepts and skills covered in BLS include:
- high-quality CPR
- AED use
- choking relief
- ventilation techniques
- opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies.
Students who successfully complete the course will 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 is a credentialed course.
Providers who successfully complete the BLS course receive a course completion card valid for two years.