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

Victoria Basic Life Support

Victoria Basic Life Support

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

The Victoria 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 - $85.00 Register Now
Recertification 2.5 - 4 hours - $55.00 Register Now

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 the same as CPR level C?

While BLS is definitely more comprehensive than a regular CPR course, it really isn’t appropriate unless you are a professional responder or healthcare worker in a clinical setting. BLS assumes the availability of equipment that most people won’t have, and focuses on how to work as a team with others trained in BLS. If you work in these environments, then BLS is the best course for you! In a CPR C course, you will learn skills that will be much more practical if you are not a professional responder or healthcare worker. You will learn to do CPR on anyone, whether it be an adult, child or baby. You will also learn to improvise your technique based on the equipment available, and use equipment that you are more likely to find in a typical First Aid or AED kit.If you are a member of the community that needs to learn CPR for work, or just to be ready for emergencies wherever they may happen - CPR C is the best course for you!

What is a basic life support course?

BLS, or ‘Basic Life Support’ is geared toward Professional Responders and Health Care Professionals who work in a clinical environment outside of a hospital. 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 are the 4 elements of basic life support?

There is a lot of ground covered in a typical BLS course course, but if you wanted to break BLS interventions into 4 basic categories, there would be 2 ‘core’ interventions included in a BLS course which are Assisted Ventilation, and CPR with AED. The other 2 categories of interventions are offered in separate add-on courses which are Airway Management, and Oxygen Therapy.

How long is basic life support certification good for?

BLS certification is valid for 1 year after the day of your course.

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 in Victoria

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:

Greater Victoria | Brentwood Bay | Central Saanich | Colwood | Esquimalt | Highlands | James Bay | Langford | Sidney | Sooke | Oak Bay | North Saanich | Metchosin | View Royal | Saanichton | Salt Spring Island | Gulf Islands

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

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