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CPR BLS (Basic Life Support)

(formerly known as BLS for Healthcare Providers)


Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational emergency cardiovascular course for all healthcare professionals and first responders intended to help improve patient outcomes. BLS teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility settings.


Current BLS status is a pre-requisite for advanced and intermediary resuscitation courses and is also a requirement in most healthcare settings. BLS Provider status surpasses requirements for CPR (C) or CPR Healthcare Provider (HCP) unless stated otherwise by an organization or college.

The Heart & Stroke BLS course offers:

  • The latest resuscitation science and adult-learning techniques, from Canada’s leading expert in resuscitation science and education

  • Realistic scenarios, simulations and animations depicting rescuers, teams and patients

  • Course and content flexibility for Heart & Stroke instructors and students, including adaptability to local protocols

  • Upon successful completion, a BLS completion card valid for 12 months

Intended Audience

The Heart & Stroke BLS course is designed for healthcare professionals and trained first responders in a wide variety of in-facility and pre-hospital settings, and those who require BLS Provider status and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related job or program.

Intended Audience
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Course Design and Content

All BLS courses focus on the essential skills rescuers need to know to perform high-quality CPR in a wide variety of settings. After successfully completing one of our BLS courses, students will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival

  • Describe and apply all of the steps of the Chain of Survival

  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult, child, and infant

  • Describe and demonstrate the important early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

  • Provide effective ventilations using a barrier device

  • Perform as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR

  • Describe and apply the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for an adult, child, and infant

Course Content
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