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A BLS course designed for healthcare professionals with a duty to respond to perform high-quality CPR in a team environment.

Basic Life Support

Basic Life Support

A BLS course designed for healthcare professionals with a duty to respond to perform high-quality CPR in a team environment.

The Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support course teaches pre-hospital or in-facility responders to recognize and intervene where patients are suffering from cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. The BLS curriculum is meant to support the delivery of high-performance, team-based professional resuscitation. This course is industry driven, designed as a robust resuscitation training program geared toward high-quality CPR in a team environment, and recognizes the nuances of multidisciplinatory teams with varied experiences.

This program does not cover basic layperson CPR training - it is specifically for professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, children, infants, and neonates.Certification matches industry standards, and is valid for 1 year.

Full Course Length 4 hours View Locations
Recertification 2.5 - 4 hours View Locations

Course Details

Topics Covered

Basic Life Support includes:

  • Glove Removal
  • Primary Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Assisted Ventilation
  • Basic Life Support Special Considerations

FAQs

IS BLS and HCP the same?

BLS used to exist alongside CPR HCP (Health Care Provider) for many years. Since then,CPR HCP has essentially been deprecated (scrapped) in favour of widespread adoption of BLS as a national standard for CPR among healthcare providers. While CPR HCP essentially taught lay rescuer CPR skills and added some additional topics geared toward professional healthcare workers, in a BLS course the time is spent practicing skills from the professional responder context from beginning to end. The goal of BLS is to become not just familiar, but proficient at performing CPR skills as a 2 person team with others certified in BLS. Since this is a national standard the hope is that widespread adoption of BLS will improve the efficiency and interoperability of healthcare teams the survival rate for patients who are in healthcare contexts where Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support may not be available.

Is BLS different than CPR?

No. CPR C is geared toward ‘lay rescuers’, or people who work in the community but may need to know CPR in case of a life-threatening emergency. BLS, or ‘Basic Life Support’ is geared toward Professional Responders and Health Care Professionals who work in a clinical environment outside of a hospital. CPR C will focus on basic life saving principles and how to do CPR in a variety of situations. BLS will focus on a very specific, detailed approach to performing CPR as part of a 2 person BLS team. BLS also covers more in-depth assessment and life saving treatments using more specialized equipment.

What is BLS training?

BLS stands for Basic Life Support which is geared toward Professional Responders and Health Care Professionals who may have to perform CPR before Advanced Cardiac Life Support is available The goal of BLS training is to become not just competent, but proficient at performing CPR skills as a 2 person team with others certified in BLS. To reach this goal of proficiency, BLS courses focus entirely on CPR (and other critical interventions) in the healthcare context, and do not address CPR for lay rescuers. This means much more practice time with the skills, tools, and teamwork involved in delivering CPR to a BLS standard. Also, certification is only valid for one year, requiring annual practice in the form of a shorter recertification course on an annual basis in order to stay certified. Since this is a national standard the hope is that widespread adoption of BLS will improve the efficiency and interoperability of healthcare workers and professional responders when performing CPR - and ultimately improve the survival rate for patients who suffer cardiac arrest in situations where ACLS may not be immediately available.

Certification

Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the course. You will be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 1 year.

Recertification

If you have a current and valid Basic Life Support or CPR Level HCP certificate, you are eligible to take a shorter, faster-paced Basic Life Support recertification course. Please be prepared to show proof of certification.

Materials

First Aid Course Materials for Basic Life Support

The Basic Life Support (BLS) course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Field Guide (virtual)
  • Canadian Red Cross Comprehensive Guide to First Aid (virtual)

 

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Who should take this course?

  • In-facility care providers
  • nursing staff
  • care aides
  • medical and dental professionals
  • pre-hospital care providers
  • fire service
  • rescue team
  • sports-medicine
  • lifeguards
  • ski patrol

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Basic Life Support course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

Awesome class & great delivery. Made it fun & educating.

Jen Slade Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Thank you Gary, lots of enthusiasm and you talked in a gentle way and kept the course interesting. I appreciate the time you took to answer our questions.

Ally Ehmann Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Gary used relevant examples & situations to teach us proper CPR. He is a great instructor! I like how we learned both adult and baby CPR and it was very hands on.

Kaitlyn CPR, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

Awesome! Both Connor & Andrea were incredible instructors.

Jen Paquet Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Great pace, thorough, kept energy up and positive. Really well done! Thanks.

Marlene Slavik Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Loved how hands on the course was. Really helped learn the material. Extra tidbits for us health care workers was appreciated. Thanks Gary! Will come back to Alert First Aid! 

Eve Ouradou Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"Mike was incredible at making everyone feel comfortable in the class."

Aarush Azizi CPR C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Had fun in the class. Was not boring or rigid.

Celine Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Best course I've ever taken! I will highly recommend your company. Thanks!

Caroline Wharton Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Andrew I think you are one of the better teachers I have had in my lifetime- keep up the positivity! I think you are very clear and make the class fun. Rock on dude!

Nicole Standard First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials
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