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What is Basic Life Support?

Basic Life Support

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basic life support

Basic Life Support, generally refers to the type of care provided to anyone who is experiencing cardiac arrest. Moreover, it requires knowledge and skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, using automated external defibrillators, and relieving airway obstructions in patients.

Additionally, performing BLS skills correctly can make all the difference to your team and your community. Primarily, By ensuring guidelines are being adhered to, you can protect your teams and deliver care your community needs.  Primarily, when they need it most.

Performing BLS on an Adult Victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Firstly, If a person witnesses someone who may be experiencing SCA, they should employ the chain of survival. Foundationally, the chain of survival comprises six critical actions that can help increase a victim’s chances of surviving SCA and other life-threatening emergencies.

Further, According to the American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR, a bystander should perform the first three steps of the chain of survival right away:

Recognize the Emergency

Firstly, if you witness a sudden collapse followed by a loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately and begin the BLS process. Also, ask another bystander to find a nearby AED.

Immediately Begin Performing

Immediately begin performing high- quality CPR — Begin chest compressions at a rate of 100–120 compressions per minute and at a depth of 2–2.4 inches.

Provide Rapid Defibrillation

Provide rapid defibrillation — When the AED arrives, attach the pads to the victims bare chest, turn the device on, and follow the prompts. If needed, the AED will administer a shock.

The final three steps of the chain of survival are the initiation of advanced life support, providing post-cardiac arrest care, and providing long-term recovery support.

American Heart Associations BLS Course.

Foundationally, BLS from the AHA is designed for healthcare providers and meets a variety of certification and requirements.

Additionally, the course trains participants to promptly recognize life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality CPR. Further, it reflects science and education from the AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Who should take the BLS course?

  • Nurses (LPN, RN, NP)
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
  • Paramedics
  • Physicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Patient Care Technicians (PCT)
  • State Tested Nurse Aids (STNA)
  • Respiratory Therapists (RT)
  • Firefighters
  • First Responders

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What does the AHA BLS course teach?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants.
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components.
  • Important early use of an AED.
  • Effective ventilation using a barrier device.
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and additionally, performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR.
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.

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Course Completion Card

Here at Code Blue Training or another authorized AHA training location Upon completion of all course requirements, participants receive a BLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years from the AHA. Additionally, Continuing education or continuing medical education, CE/CME may be available for your profession.

Ways to Train

In-Person Classes: Designed for those who learn best in a traditional classroom setting, class participants attend lectures and skills sessions with other students in a designated physical location.
Blended Learning: Blended learning courses combine online presentations of “lecture”; materials, with interactive scenarios that help improve clinical decision-making skills and in-person skills sessions. Moreover, Coursework is self-paced, can be personalized with our adaptive learning pre-assessments, and is modular, so you can train on your schedule.

Ready to take a Basic Life Support (BLS) class?

Sign up for a BLS course – and gain the skills you need to help your community and reach your career goals. From CPR administration and AED usage to critical thinking and problem-solving, whether you choose an in-person-only class or prefer a blended or online approach to learning, our best-in-class instructors will help you understand how to use the latest techniques in basic life support. 

"It was fast and easy to get my BLS certificate, definitely recommend anyone who needs to certify in their BLS to go through them."


"The instructor was flexible with my schedule! It was also fairly priced, and I feel as though the instructor was very dedicated to making sure you left feeling confident that you know the material and how to apply it. Will be re-certing with them when the time comes for sure!"

Nursing Student