BLS Practice Test

Looking to improve your BLS knowledge as a healthcare provider? Our BLS practice test is here to help you prepare for real-life emergencies. It accurately reflects the required knowledge to perform basic life support effectively and simulates real-life situations to prepare you for any emergency. The test covers all emergency response and preparedness aspects, airway management, and cardiovascular and respiratory treatments. By administering our practice test regularly, you can stay up-to-date with the latest CPR and BLS techniques and receive detailed feedback to improve your CPR knowledge. Our standardized and objective practice test follows the latest AHA, Redcross, ASHI, ECC, and OSHA guidelines.

Sampling of 20 questions found on BLS Certification Exam

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What is the primary cause of cardiac arrest?
  • Arrhythmias
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Pulseless ventricular tachycardia
  • The sino-atrial node
What will you do to assess the pulse of an adult victim?
  • Check the brachial artery pulse for at least 5 seconds
  • Check the carotid pulse for 5 to 10 seconds
  • Check the carotid artery pulse for at least 20 seconds
  • Checking the pulse is not necessary for adult victims
After offering resuscitation in the event of a cardiac arrest and your patient starts breathing, what's the best recovery position to put them in to maintain a clear airway?
  • In a still position
  • In a left lateral position
  • In a stable true lateral position, head-dependent on something and no pressure on the chest
  • In a stable true lateral position, head-dependent on something with pressure on the chest
What is the correct position to perform abdominal thrusts on a child?
  • Standing in front of the child
  • Standing behind the child with one foot in front of the other
  • Kneeling in front of the child
  • Kneeling on the left side of the child
What is the compressions to ventilation ratio for unconscious infant choking?
  • 5 compressions, 5 rescue breaths
  • 3 compressions, 1 rescue breath
  • 10 compressions, 2 rescue breath
  • 30 compressions, 2 rescue breaths
What is the action stated in rapid defibrillation?
  • AED should be used as soon as it's available
  • Use the AED when the victim doesn't have a pulse
  • Obtain permission first before using AED
  • Use AED after 10 cycles of CPR
What is Integrated post-cardiac arrest care?
  • Early use of an AED after a cardiac arrest
  • Providing high-quality CPR as soon as cardiac arrest is detected
  • Comprehensive system of care, including mild therapeutic hypothermia and other treatments.
  • Treatment of potential cardiac problems after the victim was resuscitated
What is the first thing you should do when you did not witness the infant collapse?
  • Perform 2 minutes of CPR
  • Call 911
  • Perform chest compression
  • Provide rescue breathing
Which of the following is true about AEDs and pacemakers?
  • AEDs can interfere with pacemakers, so the pads should not be placed directly on pacemakers.
  • AED pads should be placed directly over the pacemakers.
  • You don't need to worry about pacemakers when using an AED.
  • Pacemakers are part of AED
How should you open the airway of an unconscious choking victim?
  • Head tilt and chin lift.
  • Jaw thrust.
  • Head tilt and jaw thrust.
  • Lift the chin.
If you are alone and find an unconscious adult victim with no obvious cause, what should you do first?
  • Administer an AED
  • Call 911
  • Deliver one minute of CPR
  • Deliver two minutes of CPR
What action to avoid when a spinal injury is suspected?
  • Move the victim
  • Allow the victim to talk
  • Take an oral temperature
  • Call 911
According to the 2020 guidelines, what are the recommended steps when giving CPR to cardiac arrest patients?
  • Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions
  • Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing
  • Airway, Breathing, Check pulse
  • Check pulse, Airway, Breathing
What are the vital characteristics of high-quality CPR?
  • The victim's airway is opened, and the rescuer begins breathing into the victim's mouth
  • The rescuer provides 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths
  • The rescuer pushes hard and fast in the center of the victim's chest
  • The rescuer checks for signs of life after 2 minutes of CPR
Rescue breathing is given to adults at the rate of:
  • 1 breath every 10-12 seconds
  • 1 breath every 5-6 seconds
  • 1 breath every 3-5 seconds
  • 2 breaths every 5-6 seconds
What should you do if the chest doesn't rise and fall when you give the first rescue breath?
  • Immediately shift to abdominal thrusts and perform thrusts
  • Reposition the victim's head, then use the head tilt chin lift maneuver again to open the airway and give the 2nd rescue breath.
  • Sit the guest upright and administer back blows until the object is dislodged
  • Perform a finger sweep and then attempt to ventilate again
What is the most important thing to remember when using a pocket mask?
  • Make sure the patient's nose and mouth are covered
  • Ensure a tight seal around the patient's face
  • Only use if supplemental oxygen is available
  • Use a one-way valve to prevent disease transmission
During 2 rescuer CPR on an adult, how many cycles of CPR do you perform before switching roles?
  • 5 cycles
  • 3 cycles
  • 4 cycles
  • 8 cycles
Which of the following best describes Opioids?
  • Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects
  • Opioids are substances that help stop infections caused by bacteria
  • Opioids are substances that can help treat pain and reduce a high temperature
  • Opioids relieve mild or moderate pain, such as headaches and toothache
What is the main reason for wearing PPE when providing basic life support?
  • To avoid contaminating your skin
  • To avoid COVID-19
  • To prevent the transfer of bloodborne pathogens
  • To keep your hands clean