Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider

(Replacement for BLS for Healthcare Providers)

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. It is designed for healthcare
professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings, and
teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility
settings.


Intended Audience:
The Heart & Stroke BLS course is designed for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who
provide care to patients in a wide variety of both in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require
BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.


The BLS Provider course teaches learners to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies,
give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. It
includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques. The BLS provider course includes realistic scenarios,
simulations and state-of- the-art animations, and incorporates Heart & Stroke’s proven practice-while-
watching video format to bring the science of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC to the front-line
practitioner.


The Basic Life Support (BLS) Renewal course is a fast-paced course that allows the experienced BLS
provider (those who are confident in their BLS skills through regular use in their work in the ED, CCU, ICU
on code team, or paramedics and first responders) the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge through
written and skills assessment in a concentrated program. Successful completion of this two hour 15 minute
course (approximate time) allows students to renew their BLS course completion card.
 
Course Overview and Design:
The BLS course focuses on teaching the essential skills rescuers need to know to perform high-quality CPR
in a wide variety of settings. After successfully completing the BLS Course, students should 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
• Apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
• Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
• Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
• Describe the importance of early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
• Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED
• Provide effective ventilations by using a barrier device
• Perform high-quality CPR for a child
• Perform high-quality CPR for an infant

• Describe the importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation
• Perform as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
• Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult or child
• Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an infant


BLS Provider Course - Approximate course duration: 3 hours 52 minutes
BLS Renewal Course - Approximate duration: 2 hours 15 minutes


Course Completion Card & Expiration Date: All Heart & Stroke, Basic Life Support completion cards are
valid for one year from the date of successful course completion.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive an email that provides access to their BLS
Provider eCard. This electronic proof of course completion can be accessed directly online, downloaded or
printed for convenience.


BLS Renewal Course Prerequisites:
Heart & Stroke BLS Renewal course participants must have a current Heart & Stroke BLS course
completion card (taken within the last 12 months and current to the most recent Guidelines release)
Students need to come prepared. The BLS Renewal course is fast-paced, assumes you have retained the
cognitive knowledge learned in the Heart and Stroke BLS Provider course and can demonstrate skills
mastery. There will be limited practice and limited opportunities for remedial coaching.
All participants are expected to be highly proficient BLS providers. This is not an entry-level course, those
students who are unsuccessful in the skills or knowledge test will have to take a full BLS Provider course.

 
(Above information as per Heart and Stroke Foundation, obtained from https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca)

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