Basic Life Saver (BLS)

For nurses, EMT's, healthcare providers and those who work in hospitals or facilities where it is required by regulatory guidelines. American Heart Association curriculum is the standard for the healthcare industry.

What is the Basic Life Saver Course?

Memphis hospitals recognize the American Heart Association’s BLS class as the industry standard curriculum. The course teaches healthcare providers to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.

Who should take this course?

The BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. Those who may be required to take this course for their workplace are nurses, EMT’s, dental office staff and those who work in the healthcare industry.

What does this course teach?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Important early 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