A great number of our students call or email inquiring whether the BLS class is the class that they need. So here is a short breakdown of what BLS means and who this class is intended for.
With the extensive number of professions, work environments, and various state licensing requirements, it can be a strenuous task determining what class you need to take. BLS stands for "Basic Life Support" and is the the basic CPR course for the majority of healthcare providers. This might include emergency room staff to in-home adult caregivers. Although these environment might be quite differed, the CPR process that we cover in the BLS class are applicable to all healthcare environments. In the BLS class we review the CPR skills of compressions, breathing, and the use of the AED. We cover both single rescuer as well as multi-rescuer scenarios. Changes to these procedures that are not covered in the lay rescuer CPR training include the administration of pulse checks, the use of bag valve masks, (BVM's), CPR with the use of an advanced airway, and addressing the various issues that occur in team dynamics such as closed looped communication, leadership, and roles and responsibilities.
The BLS class allows the student to develop their skills in an environment that promotes an effective review, reinforcement, and when required modification. So whether your renewing your BLS CPR certification or taking the BLS CPR for the very first time, our BLS Provider class will help you develop the confidence to administer CPR and use the AED effectively.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.