BLS Description

BLS Description

(Equivalent replacement to the course formerly known as BLS for Healthcare Providers)
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. It is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings and teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility settings.
 
The new BLS Provider Course is equivalent to the BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS for HCP) course it replaces. This 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. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques. The BLS course includes realistic scenarios, simulations and state-of-the-art animations, and incorporates Heart and Stroke Foundation’s proven Practice-While-Watching video format to bring the science of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC to the front line practitioner.
 
NEW Basic Life Support (BLS) Course
The new BLS course is a video-based, Instructor-led course that teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics. The new BLS Provider course, based on the 2015 Guidelines, replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers course, while offering the high-quality education you’d expect from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The new format making it easier to tailor a broader audience.
 
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s BLS Course offers:
  • The latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes
  • Realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients
 
Intended Audience:
This course is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of both in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.
 
Course Overview and Design:
The BLS Provider Course focuses on what rescuers need to know to perform high-quality CPR in a wide variety of settings. You will also learn how to respond to choking emergencies. Course contents and outcomes include:
  • Importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Steps of the Chain of Survival and applying the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants
  • Importance of early defibrillation and use of an AED 
  • Use of a barrier device to provide effective ventilations
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performing as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR 
  • Technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) in adults, children and infants
 
BLS Course Duration: 
Approximate course duration: 3 hours 52 minutes* 
Approximate course duration with Optional Local Protocol Discussion: 4 hours 12 minutes*
 
*Course durations provided are based on a student-to-instructor ratio for learning stations of 6:1, and does not include additional times needed for breaks or transitions, or additional students. 
 
Course Completion Card & Expiration Date:
Students who successfully complete the course will receive an email that provides access to their BLS Provider eCard. This electronic proof of course completion can be accessed directly online, downloaded or printed for convenience. A formal printed course completion card from Heart and Stroke Foundation is available for an additional fee.
 
All Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support completion cards are valid for 1 year from the date of successful course completion.
 
At the time of launch there is no “Renewal course” for the new 2015 Guidelines BLS course. Renewal options will be communicated at a future date.
 
The current recommended timeline for renewal of the BLS Provider Course completion card is every year. Although there is insufficient evidence to determine optimal renewal timing, research on skills retention and training have identified important outcomes:
  • There is growing evidence that BLS knowledge and skills decay rapidly after initial training.
  • Studies have demonstrated the deterioration of BLS skills within a few months after initial training.
  • Studies examining the effect of brief, more frequent training sessions demonstrated improvement in chest compression performance and shorter time to defibrillation.
  • Studies have found that students reported improved confidence and willingness to perform CPR after additional or high-frequency training.
Given how fast BLS skills decay after training, and with the observed improvement in skill and confidence among students who train more frequently, students should be encouraged to periodically review their Provider Manual and practice CPR and AED skills whenever possible.
 
Required Course Materials:
  • Provider Manual – in print (RE3310E) or eBook (RE3310ED)
  • Optional General Materials: 
- 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – in print (RE0120E) or eBook (RE0120ED)
Student resources can be conveniently purchased at Heart Shop, our online store by visiting: https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/heartshop  and clicking on the Shop for Training Materials button on the right side of the page. You can shop as a guest or log into your Resuscitation portal account to set up a Heart Shop account.
 
 
 

2010 Guidelines-based BLS Courses:

 
BLS for Healthcare Providers (C)
Valid only if taken before August 31, 2016. The BLS for Healthcare Providers (C) course teaches 1- and 2-rescuer adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), choking, automated external defibrillator (AED) training and the use of bag valve mask (BVM). The course is designed for healthcare providers who need a credentialed course. The course is also open to first responders who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements.
 
Mandated Student Materials:
  • HSF BLS for Healthcare Providers student manual
  • OPTIONAL: 2010 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers
 
BLS Healthcare Providers (C) Renewal 
Only available until August 31, 2016. The BLS for Healthcare Providers (C) Renewal course is available to those who wish to update their knowledge and skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), based on previous BLS for Healthcare Providers certification. Students must have successfully completed the BLS for Healthcare Providers (C) course within the prior 12 months. The skills re-evaluated during this courses are 1- and 2-rescuer adult, child and infant CPR, choking, including the use of barrier device/pocket mask use, bag valve mask (BVM), and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
 
Mandated Student Materials:
  • HSF BLS for Healthcare Providers student manual
  • OPTIONAL: 2010 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers

 

INSTRUCTORS

Becoming a BLS Instructor:
The ideal Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructor-Candidate:
  • Is motivated to teach
  • Is motivated to facilitate learning
  • Is motivated to ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion
  • Views student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills
 
Prerequisites:
All BLS Instructor-Candidates must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider card.
 
BLS Instructor Course
Course Description:
The BLS Instructor Course is comprised of two separate 1-day training modules, delivered by a Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructor Trainer:
  • The Core Instructor Course, and 
  • The Basic Life Support Instructor Training Module
 
The Core Instructor Course (CIC) is a foundational course required by all Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructor-Candidates. This course is comprised of a pre-learning module, an on-line module and an in-class module. The course teaches Instructor-Candidates how to apply effective communication techniques, manage the classroom environment, and promote knowledge and skill transfer and retention. 
 
The Basic Life Support Instructor Training Module introduces the Instructor-Candidate to the educational materials and course outlines utilized in the delivery of the Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS provider course.
 
Mandated Instructor-Candidate Materials:
There is a BLS Instructor kit available or the products can be purchased separately.  All materials for Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS instructors are currently available through the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s e-Store Heart Shop. Instructor materials must be ordered for Instructor-Candidates by the Course Coordinator, or the BLS Instructor-Trainer of the Instructor course. 
 
Required individual Instructor-Candidate Materials:
  • BLS Provider Manual – in print (RE3310E) or eBook (RE3310ED)
  • BLS Instructor Manual – in print (RE3320E) or eBook (RE3320ED) 
  • BLS Course video – in DVD format (RE3340E)
Alternatively, each of these individual components is conveniently bundled into a competitively priced BLS Instructor Kit: 
  • BLS Instructor Kit (RE3360E)
New Instructors and Instructor-Candidates are strongly encouraged to acquire the following Optional General Materials for quick reference during the course: 
  • 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers – in print (RE0120E) or eBook (RE0120ED)
 
BLS Instructor Renewal Course
Instructor status must be maintained in good standing and renewed in order to remain eligible to teach Heart and Stroke Foundation courses.
 
Maintaining active Instructor status involves:
Teaching a minimum of 2 courses per year in each discipline you are registered to teach (e.g., BLS, Heartsaver)
Attending an Instructor Renewal course every 3 years.
Completing a Guideline Update within the designated timelines outlined by the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Paying annual registration fees by December 31st of each year.
Additional information pertaining to maintenance of Instructor status can be found in the Instructor Resource for Resuscitation Programs (IRRP), available for download from the HSF Policies and Procedures section of the portal (login required).
 
BLS Instructor Guidelines Update
The Instructor Guideline Update is a requirement by all active, registered Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructors and Instructor-Candidates (Heartsaver, BLS, First Aid, ACLS, and PALS) to complete. The Instructor Guidelines Update process occurs in conjunction with the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care updates (approximately every 5 years). The Instructor Guidelines update introduces instructors to changes in the guidelines and the rationale for those changes, and the revised educational delivery techniques used in new course materials.

 

Instructor Trainers

Instructor Trainers are integral in maintaining the high teaching standards set by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. BLS Instructor Trainers ensure quality program delivery by identifying and supporting Instructor-Candidates through the completion of Instructor curriculum as well as coaching and mentoring Instructors.
 
BLS Instructor Trainers are responsible for two levels of Instructor credentialing: Basic Life Support (BLS) and Heartsaver®. 
 
BLS Instructor Trainer Course
The BLS Instructor Trainer course is designed to enable existing HSF Instructors to teach HSF Instructor-level courses. 
 
Mandated Student Materials (if not already acquired):
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED Student Workbook
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED Instructor Manual
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED Course DVD
  • BLS Provider Manual
  • BLS Instructor Manual
  • BLS Course DVD
  • BLS Instructor Training Module
  • HSF Core Training Program
  • Evaluating Skills Performance DVD
  • Instructor Resource for Resuscitation Programs (IRRP)
 
BLS Instructor Trainer Renewal
To maintain registration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a BLS Instructor Trainer Renewal is required every three years. Completion ensures that the BLS Instructor Trainer receives current curriculum and guidelines, and is re-evaluated in their skills. The BLS Instructor Trainer Renewal course builds upon the educational learning gained within the original instructor course.
 
BLS Instructor Trainer Guideline Update
The Guideline Update is a course that all active, registered HSF instructors and Instructor-Candidates (BLS, First Aid, ACLS, and PALS) are required to attend when the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care change (approximately every 5 years). The course introduces instructors to changes to the guidelines and the rationale for those changes, the revised educational delivery techniques and materials, and the syllabus utilized in courses offered by HSF.
 
Mandated Student Materials:
  • As determined by HSF during the Guidelines change process