Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

Course goal

The goal of the BLS for Healthcare Providers Course is to train participants to save lives of victims in cardiac arrest through high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The American Heart Association designed the BLS for Healthcare Providers Course to prepare healthcare professionals to know how to perform CPR in both in- and out-of-hospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize cardiac arrest, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), as part of a team and individually. This course also teaches how to relieve choking.

Duration: One day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm)

Learning objectives

1. Initiate the Chain of Survival
2. Perform prompt, high-quality CPR with C-A-B sequence (adult/child/infant)
3. Initiate early use of an AED (adult/child/infant)
4. Provide appropriate breaths
5. Practice the minor basic life support (BLS) differences for children and infants
6. Practice team CPR (adult/infant)

Eligibility criteria for students

This course focuses on students who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. Anyone who needs to know how to perform CPR in a healthcare setting can take this course.

Teaching Methodology

BLS is an intensive “hands-on” training course. Students are taught using adult, child and infant CPR manikins and AEDs. They practice the CPR skills while watching the BLS Instructional DVD. The approximate duration of the practical sessions is 4 hours.

A student:Instructor Ratio of 6:1 is maintained. The student:manikin ratio is 3:1.

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