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What is "BLS", anyway? And is it the CPR class I need to take?

"Can you tell me if I'm signing up for the right class?" That's a question we hear often at CPR Seattle. With the wide range of professions, work environments, and state licensing regulations, it can be difficult to determine the CPR class you need to take to satisfy all of the necessary requirements (Seattle-area college students: click here for information specific to your programs)

What is BLS?

BLS stands for "Basic Life Support", and is the standard-level CPR course for most professionals in the healthcare environment. This can range from emergency room staff to in-home adult caregivers. While these environments may be different in terms of the equipment and personnel available, the CPR basics we cover in the American Heart Association BLS class are applicable to all circumstances. Basic Life Support means just that - we cover the basic CPR skills of compressions, breathing, and AED use, for both one-rescuer and multi-rescuer situations. Modifications to these procedures that are not covered in lay rescuer CPR training include administering pulse checks, using bag valve masks (BVMs), CPR in the presence of an advanced airway, and addressing the various issues having to do with team dynamics.

BLS Provider Course Outline

Here's a brief outline of a BLS class session:

  1. 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
    1. Adult Chain of Survival
    2. Scene Safety and Assessment
    3. Adult Compressions
    4. Pocket Mask
    5. 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
  2. AED and Bag-Mask Device
  3. 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
  4. Team Dynamics
  5. Child BLS
    1. Pediatric Chain of Survival
    2. Child BLS
    3. 2-Rescuer Child CPR
  6. Infant BLS
    1. Infant BLS
    2. Infant Compressions
    3. Bag-Mask Device for Infants
    4. 2-Rescuer Infant BLS
    5. AED for Infants and Children
  7. Special Considerations
    1. Mouth-to-Mouth Breaths
    2. Rescue Breathing
    3. Breaths with an Advanced Airway
    4. Opioid-Associated Life-Threatening Emergency
  8. Adult and Child Choking
  9. Infant Choking

The Benefits of Hands-On Training

The American Heart Association BLS Providercourse involves a lot (and we do mean a LOT) of hands-on practice. The intent is to reinforce the basic skills of healthcare provider CPR in an environment that is conducive to learning - supportive, structured, and supervised by an experienced BLS instructor. This allows for skills development to be practiced in conditions that allow for effective review, reinforcement, and when required, correction and modification. Whether you are renewing your certification or experiencing the BLS Provider program for the first time, our class sessions will prepare you to administer CPR effectively and with confidence. And if you are continuing your training at the ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) level, you'll be applying the skillls you practice as a BLS Provider in that course too.

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For more information and a schedule of current classes, please visit the BLS Provider enrollment page at this link.


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Published on March 29, 2018