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Basic Life Support training reinforces healthcare professionals' understanding of the importance of early CPR and defibrillation, basic steps of performing CPR, relieving choking, and using an AED; and the role of each link in the Chain of Survival.
This is a traditional 3.5 hour, in-person class which consists of video, lecture, and hands-on skills, with a written-test given at the end of class. This class is for renewals and first-time certifications.
Describing the links in the AHA Chain of Survival
Early recognition of the need for BLS
Activating the emergency response system (calling 911)
Checking for pulse and looking for signs of breathing
Compressing the chest at a depth of 2 inches
Opening the airway to provide ventilations
Delivering rescue breaths using the mouth-to-mouth technique, mouth-to-mask technique, and the bag-mask technique
Using an AED on adult, child, and infant victims
Relieving choking in adult, child, and infant victims
Understanding the importance of team dynamics when multiple rescuers are present