What is BLS?
BLS, or Basic Life Support, is an emergency medical treatment used when a victim’s heart has stopped beating.
Many people use the terms BLS and CPR interchangeably. While CPR is a critical component of BLS, a BLS certification is typically associated with the healthcare field and provides an additional level of training and certification.
Who Needs BLS Certification?
Most medical providers and those in the helping field including doctors, nurses, firefighters and police officers, are usually required to obtain BLS certification.
Other professionals such as school bus drivers or child-care providers may also be required to obtain certification, and some choose to complete BLS classes simply to prepare a potential emergency.
Getting BLS Certification
To obtain initial BLS certification, you must successfully complete a BLS class and test from an American Heart Association authorized training center, like CPR Consultants.
classes and certification are generally completed in one day are good for two years.
BLS Certification class Options
Obtaining certification doesn’t have to be difficult. We know schedules can be hectic so we offer classes many days of the week and at different times, including evenings and a convenient online option.
classes are held in our Richmond or Raleigh locations, or for groups of six or more CPR Consultants will come to you. See below for class options, or contact us for more information about these or any of our classes.
Initial BLS for Healthcare – Provides health professionals the ability to recognize the commons signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and more including:
• AHA Chain of Survival for Adult, Child, and Infants
• Adult and Pediatric Choking Management
• 1 and 2 person Rescuer CPR
• Rescue Breathing with a Bag Valve Mask (BVM)
• Use of a CPR Barrier Device (Facemask)
BLS for Healthcare Renewal – For professionals who have successfully completed the initial class and need to renew their certification.
BLS/PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) Initial Combo – After completing this class you will be able to recognize and prevent common causes of pediatric emergencies that require resuscitation. Topics include respiratory failure, shock, cardiac arrest, advanced resuscitation with airway and ventilation control, vascular access, and rhythm disturbances.
Click here to see a list of all our upcoming BLS initial classes, renewal, or BLS/PALS.