Basic Life Support Renewal Course Outline
BLS recertification course is based on the most recent American Heart Association’s emergency cardiovascular care (ECC/ILCOR) guidelines. With this course, you will be taught the current Basic Life Support (BLS) practices to handle the most typical scenarios in the community, workplace, and healthcare setting.
You will gain the required skills to act promptly and appropriately in medical emergency situations to potentially save a life. Additionally, this course provides the materials to thoroughly prepare for the certification exam.
BLS Renewal Course sections include:
American Heart Association Guidelines: This section covers updates for CPR and First Aid guidelines. An example of an update is the importance of high-quality chest compressions in survival. The American Heart Association recommends chest compressions that reach at least two inches but not exceed 2.4 inches in adults, at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute for hands-only CPR training.
Laws and Safety regarding CPR: This section explains the symptoms of a cardiac emergency, Good Samaritan laws, and the chain of survival, along with universal safety precautions that should be taken during any life-threatening emergency.
CPR and Types of CPR: This section defines CPR and how Infant, Child, and Adult CPR are different. Furthermore, this section goes into detail about each type of CPR protocol. It also discusses the compression-only CPR protocol, which the American Heart Association recently implemented.
Conscious and Unconscious Choking: This section highlights conscious and unconscious choking in adult victims and its treatment. It further explains choking in infant and child victims and treatment protocols.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED): This section explains AEDs and how to best use an automated external defibrillator.
Ventilation with a barrier device: This section will teach you how to provide artificial ventilations utilizing a bag valve mask Insertion and oral and nasal airway adjuncts.
First Aid Situations and Management: This section discusses life-threatening emergencies such as bleeding control, burns, poisonings, muscle injuries, broken bones, strokes, seizures, heat-related illness, frostbite, and hypothermia until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. It explains the management and steps necessary to treat these injuries and illnesses.
Regulatory Definitions: This section explains exposure determination and methods for creating a safe work environment that complies with national standards. It discusses how to engineer preventative controls, including sharps safety items like disposal containers and self-sheathing needles. Furthermore, it explains precautions and protocols for handling other potentially dangerous equipment, including sharps, broken glass, and glass lab equipment.
Epidemiology and Personal Protection: This section explains HBV, HCV, and HIV. The risk of infection, incubation period, symptoms, vaccination availability and OSHA Standards for each virus are presented in a manner reflective of a care provider's responsibilities and best interest. AIDS and related complex symptoms are presented and explained. This section also illustrates the types of personal protective equipment used to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including gloves, gowns, and masks.
After successful completion, you will be issued proof of certification stating that you passed the BLS online exam. You may download a PDF version of your certification card as proof of completion. Print this proof of certification until your official completion card arrives by mail.