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Basic Life Support

The BLS Course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.  In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

Features
• Updated science and education from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
• Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
• Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
• Video-based course with real world scenarios

Course Content

• High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
• The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
• Use of an AED
• Effective ventilations using a barrier device
• Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
• Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

This course is for all Healthcare providers, including nursing students.

Student Materials

15-1010 BLS Provider Manual (includes BLS Reference Card)
OR
15-3102 BLS Provider Manual eBook (includes Digital BLS Reference Card)

Course Format

Provider course requires approximately 4 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

*Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

Course Completion Card

AHA BLS Course Completion Card is valid for two years.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 2.50 Basic CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F3-0302.

**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after the 6 month claiming period

Heartsaver Courses

Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. For many Heartsaver courses, students receive a course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

Designed to meet OSHA regulations, this course covers first aid basics, consisting of the most common life-threatening emergencies, how to recognize them, how to call for help, and how to perform lifesaving skills.

Heartsaver® First Aid is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrives. Students learn duties and responsibilities of first aid rescuers; first aid actions for medical emergencies, including severe choking, heart attack, and stroke; and skills for handling injury and environmental emergencies, including external bleeding, broken bones and sprains, and bites and stings.

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Features

  • Video-based course ensures consistency
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Student Workbook comes with Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide that summarizes first aid actions for many injuries and illnesses
  • Course is updated with the new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Course Content

  • First aid basics
  • Medical emergencies
  • Injury emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Preventing illness and injury
  • Optional exam

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  • List the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of first aid rescuers
  • Describe the key steps in first aid
  • Remove protective gloves
  • Find the problem
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • Use an epinephrine pen
  • Control bleeding and bandaging
  • Recognize elements of common injuries
  • Recognize elements of common illnesses
  • Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury
  • Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers

CE/CME credits are not offered for this course.

Student Materials

  • 15-1021 Heartsaver First Aid Student Workbook with Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide*

* 15-1022 Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide also sold separately

Course Format

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Course Completion Card

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

During the course, an AHA Instructor conducts video-based lessons and works with students to complete their first aid skills practice and testing.

This course will teach you to recognize cardiac arrest, get emergency care on the way quickly, and help a person until more advanced care arrives to take over. The course also covers adult choking and naloxone.

Heartsaver® CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Features

  • Video-based course ensures consistency
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Course is updated with the new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Course Content

  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
  • Child CPR and AED use
  • Infant CPR
  • Adult, child, and infant choking
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR, including child and infant choking
  • Optional exam

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult
  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child*
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on a child*
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant*
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant*

*Child and infant modules are optional.

CE/CME credits are not offered for this course.

Student Materials

  • 15-1020 Heartsaver CPR AED Student Workbook with
– Heartsaver CPR AED Adult Reminder Card
– Heartsaver CPR AED Child and Infant Reminder Card

Course Format

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Course Completion Card

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

During the course, an AHA Instructor conducts video-based lessons and works with students to complete their first aid skills practice and testing.

This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements and covers first aid basics and CPR and AED skills for adults, children, and infants.

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

Features

  • Video-based course ensures consistency
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Course is updated with the new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Course Content

  • First aid basics
  • Medical emergencies
  • Injury emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Preventing illness and injury
  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
  • Child CPR and AED use
  • Infant CPR
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR
  • Optional exam

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  • List the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of first aid rescuers
  • Describe the key steps in first aid
  • Remove protective gloves
  • Find the problem
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant
  • Use an epinephrine pen
  • Control bleeding and bandaging
  • Recognize elements of common injuries
  • Recognize elements of common illnesses
  • Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury
  • Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers
  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult
  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child*
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on a child*
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant*
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant*

*Child and infant modules are optional.

CE/CME credits are not offered for this course.

Student Materials

  • 15-1018 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook with
– Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide*
– Heartsaver CPR AED Adult Reminder Card
– Heartsaver CPR AED Child & Infant Reminder Card

* 15-1022 Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide also sold separately

Course Format

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Course Completion Card

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

During the course, an AHA Instructor conducts video-based lessons and works with students to complete their first aid, CPR and AED skills practice and testing.

This course teaches basic first aid, CPR, and AED skills for children, and is ideal for childcare workers who need to meet regulatory training requirements.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that teaches students to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.

This course is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 U.S. states.

Audience

  • Child care workers
  • Teachers
  • Foster care workers
  • Camp counselors
  • Youth organizations
  • Coaches for children’s sports organizations
  • Others responsible for children including parents, grandparents, babysitters and guardians

Features

  • Updated to reflect new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care and the 2015 American Heart Association and American Red Cross Update for First Aid
  • Video-based lessons ensure consistency
  • Instructor-led, practice format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Ideal for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback from an Instructor

Course Content

Pediatric First Aid Basics 

CPR AED and choking

Illnesses and Injuries

  • Controlling Bleeding and Bandaging
  • Using a Tourniquet
  • Shock
  • Internal bleeding
  • Burns and electrical injuries
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Using an epinephrine pen
  • Breathing problems
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes and low blood sugar
  • Heat-related emergencies
  • Cold-related emergencies
  • Drowning

Illnesses and Injuries – Continued

  • Amputations
  • Bites and stings
  • Broken bones and sprains
  • Eye injuries
  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Fainting
  • Head, neck, and spine Injuries
  • Penetrating and puncturing injuries
  • Poison emergencies
  • Seizure
  • Mouth and cheek injuries
  • Tooth injuries
  • Splinters

CPR and AED Use for Adults*, Children and Infants

Adult*, Child, and Infant Choking

*Optional module

Student Materials

15-1038  Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook with

  • 15-1040  Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Quick Reference Guide*
  • Heartsaver CPR AED Adult Reminder Card
  • Heartsaver CPR AED Child & Infant Reminder Card

*15-1040  Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Quick Reference Guide also sold separately.

15-3113  Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student Manual eBook

  • 15-3119 Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Digital Quick Reference Guide (also sold separately)
  • Heartsaver CPR AED Adult Digital Reminder Card
  • Heartsaver CPR AED Child & infant Digital Reminder Card

15-3119  Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid Digital Quick Reference Guide

Course Format

Classroom, video-based (Instructor-led with skills assessment and testing conducted throughout)

Course Completion Card

Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid, CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course completion card valid for two years.

Visit one of the AHA Approved Distributors to purchase course materials.

Channing Bete Company

Laerdal Medical Corporation

WorldPoint

Shop AHA eBooks to purchase digital course materials required for your class.

Go to eBooks.heart.org.

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

(Source: American Heart Association)

People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same.

Download Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack (PDF opens new window)

CARDIAC ARREST occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.

Cardiac arrest is an “ELECTRICAL” problem.

Cardiac arrest is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs.

WHAT HAPPENS
Seconds later, a person becomes unresponsive, is not breathing or is only gasping. Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment.

WHAT TO DO
Cardiac arrest can be reversible in some victims if it’s treated within a few minutes.
•  First, call 9-1-1 and start CPR right away.
•  Then, if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available, use it as soon as possible.
•  If two people are available to help, one should begin CPR immediately while the other calls 9-1-1 and finds an AED.

Fast Action Can Save Lives

WHAT IS THE LINK?
Most heart attacks do not lead to cardiac arrest. But when cardiac arrest occurs, heart attack is a common cause. Other conditions may also disrupt the heart’s rhythm and lead to cardiac arrest.

What is a Heart Attack?

A HEART ATTACK occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked.

A heart attack is a “CIRCULATION” problem.

A blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die.

WHAT HAPPENS?
Symptoms of a heart attack may be immediate and may include intense discomfort in the chest or other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, cold sweats, and/or nausea/vomiting. More often, though, symptoms start slowly and persist for hours, days or weeks before a heart attack. Unlike with cardiac arrest, the heart usually does not stop beating during a heart attack. The longer the person goes without treatment, the greater the damage.

The heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men (shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain).

WHAT TO DO
Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Every minute matters! It’s best to call EMS to get to the emergency room right away. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too.

Fast Action Can Save Lives