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Basic Life Support (BLS)

BLS for the healthcare provider.


The AHA’s BLS Provider Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. This course teaches basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics. The BLS Provider Course teaches rescue techniques for adults, children, and infants.

What specifically is taught in the new BLS Course?

In the 2020 BLS Provider Course, students will learn and practice

  • High-quality BLS for adults, children, and infants

  • Use of an AED

  • Effective ventilation using a barrier device

  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for adults, children, and infants

  • High-performance teams

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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