• BLS aims to provide the requisite basic knowledge and skills to those healthcare providers who offer emergency cardiovascular care to patients both in in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
Summary of Our BLS Course:
- Besides the EMT, First Aid, EMR Courses, we also offer the Basic Life Support, BLS Course. This course is offered in our College strictly under the guidelines of the American Heart Association, AHA.
- All the course work, teaching materials(manuals) are from the AHA. We have very experienced AHA-certified Instructors with many years of instruction in emergency cardiovascular care courses.
- Our BLS Instructors are certified by the American Heart Association, AHA, and validity of their credentials can be verified on the AHA Instructor Network on their website.
BLS Target Group:
- BLS aims to provide the requisite basic knowledge and skills to those healthcare providers who offer emergency cardiovascular care to patients both in in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
- This includes lay people or non-medical staff, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Paramedics, Nurses, Clinical Officers, Doctors, etc.
Course Cost and Duration:
- The BLS course takes one (1) day and cost seven thousand five hundred (7,500) shillings.
- It’s an intensive 0800hrs-1600hrs one-day course.
Certification and Certificate Validity
- Certificates are issued by the AHA, and are issued immediately after completion of the course (last day of training)
- Certificates are valid for two (2) years from the date of issue
- Upon the expiry of the BLS certificate after two years, one is required to recertify. This simply means that one has to redo the course because of the periodic emergency cardiovascular care guidelines and updates from the American Heart Association which also demand that healthcare providers should be retrained and recertified.
- Charges are the same as the initial class
- Recertification is usually done after course completion
- Recertification certificates are also issued by the AHA
AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Outline:
Part 1: General Course Concepts
BLS Course Objectives
Your Approach to a Resuscitation Attempt
Personal Protective Equipment
The BLS Provider Manual
Part 2: The Chain of Survival
Chain of Survival Elements
Comparison of the In-Hospital and Out-of-Hospital Chains of Survival
Key Differences in Adult and Pediatric Chains of Survival
Part 3: BLS for Adults
Basic Framework for CPR
High-Performance Rescue Teams
Main Components of CPR
Adult BLS Algorithm for Healthcare Providers
High-Quality CPR Skills: Adults
Perform High-Quality Chest Compressions
Chest Compression Technique
Barrier Devices for Giving Breaths
Adult 2-Rescuer BLS
What Is a CPR Coach?
Part 4: Automated External Defibrillator for Adults and Children 8
Years of Age and Older
Using the AED
Operating an AED: Universal Steps
Minimize Time Between Last Compression and Shock Delivery
Do Not Delay High-Quality CPR After AED Use
Child AED Pads
Part 5: Team Dynamics
Elements of Effective Team Dynamics
Roles and Responsibilities
Coaching and Debriefing
Part 6: BLS for Infants and Children
Pediatric BLS Algorithm for Healthcare Providers—Single Rescuer
High-Quality CPR Skills: Infants and Children
Assess for Breathing and a Pulse
Perform High-Quality Chest Compressions
Pediatric BLS Algorithm for Healthcare Providers—2 or More Rescuers
Infant and Child 2-Rescuer BLS
Part 7: Automated External Defibrillator for Infants and Children
Younger Than 8 Years of Age
Know Your AED
Pediatric-Capable AEDs for Reduced Shock Doses
Choosing and Placing the AED Pads
AED Use for Victims 8 Years of Age and Older
AED Use for Victims Younger Than 8 Years of Age
AED Use for Infants
Part 8: Alternate Ventilation Techniques
CPR and Breaths With an Advanced Airway
Techniques for Giving Breaths Without a Barrier Device
Mouth-to-Mouth Breathing for Adults and Children
Breathing Techniques for Infants
Caution: Risk of Gastric Inflation
Part 9: Opioid-Associated Life-Threatening Emergencies
What Are Opioids?
Problematic Opioid Use
Identifying an Opioid Emergency
Antidote to Opioid Overdose: Naloxone
Opioid-Associated Life-Threatening Emergency Response Sequence
Part 10: Other Life-Threatening Emergencies
Part 11: Choking Relief for Adults, Children, and Infants
Signs of Choking
Choking Relief in a Responsive Adult or Child
Choking Relief in Pregnant and Obese Victims
Choking Relief in an Unresponsive Adult or Child
Giving Effective Breaths When There Is an Airway Obstruction
Actions After Choking Relief
Choking Relief in Infants