This Family Plus First Aid Basic Life Support (BLS) course is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest and is designed for in-facility care providers, including nursing staff, care aids, medical and dental professionals and others who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.
This course is designed to build participant confidence in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and provide the important steps to perform a rapid assessment, perform Basic Life Support (BLS) skills and perform rapid defibrillation.
Course meets legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards and includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines.
Course length: 4 hours plus break
Cost: $75.00 per person
Certification: Valid for 1 year
More information on Basic Life Support (HCP)
What is Basic Life Support?
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the recognition of, and initial intervention or treatment given by pre-hospital or in-facility responders to, a patient suffering from cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest.
Is Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) a nationally recognized program?
Yes, the BLS certification is recognized across Canada.
Who is the BLS course designed for?
This course is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.
Is BLS just a different name for CPR HCP (Health Care Provider), or are HCP and BLS completely different?
BLS is a new course that is vastly different from HCP, from the target audience to the curriculum and content. BLS is focused on high performance resuscitation and professional skills and does not provide prevention education and address other first aid components as was the case in our HCP curriculum.
Why is BLS only a one-year certification?
One year is the industry standard for BLS due to the high skill competency required. Resuscitation skills deteriorate over time and professional responders working in a team environment must know all positions and the skills within those positions. In a cardiac arrest event, any team member may be assigned to any role and must be competent to fulfill their duties.