Basic Life Support
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Basic Life Support

Learn BLS online, anywhere, anytime! Created by physicians and adheres to 2015 AHA guidelines.
4.5 (1,357 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
28,366 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2019
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 26 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • At the completion of this course the participant will be familiar with basic life support techniques used in response to common emergencies.
  • In this course you will learn how to deliver high quality chest compressions, provide basic airway management, rescue breathing, and use of an automated external defibrillatior (AED).

  • You will be familiar with course content that complies with AHA BLS guidelines and be prepared to take an exam for BLS certification.

Requirements
  • No previous training or special materials are required
Description

      Knowing the process of Basic Life Support (BLS) is critical in responding to life-threatening emergencies. The newest BLS course guidelines focus on doing several tasks simultaneously with a group process that promotes efficiency and minimization of errors. 

      This course will teach participants how to perform life support techniques including chest compressions, basic airway management, rescue breathing, AED use for defibrillation and more. 

      The course package includes: 

      - An online BLS study guide 

      - A BLS instructional presentation 

      NOTE - This course is for training in basic life support.  

Optional FREE Certification Available: This course is for training in Basic Life Support (BLS). If you would like to be certified please visit us online at NHCPS and complete your BLS certification test. Udemy students receive the certification for FREE by using coupon code: mu419bb4pr

Who this course is for:
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Medical Students
  • Nursing and Allied Health Students
  • Emergency Responders
  • Anyone who wants to be prepared to save a life
Course content
Expand all 54 lectures 01:48:53
+ NHCPS & the Disque Foundation
3 lectures 02:44

Get to know the Save a Life Initiative.

Introducing NHCPS & the Disque Foundation
00:29

NHCPS is the most trusted name in online medical certification today. Our certification courses are 100% online and are eligible for AMA Category 1 Credits. Join thousands of healthcare providers around the world that have received certifications, completely online in less than an hour. Choose the certification you need and get started today at NHCPS.com! 

Who is NHCPS?
01:08

First up is our executive director, Dr. Karl "Fritz" Disque.

Meet our Executive Director
01:07
+ Introduction
1 lecture 00:00
Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Handbook
40 pages
+ General Concepts of Basic Life Support
5 lectures 10:29

The second lesson covers BLS Guideline Changes made in 2015. The AHA updates its guidelines every five years on CPR and ECC. The 2015 edition expands on many of the recommendations made in 2010. Changes have also been made to the new edition of guidelines, and those changes are discussed throughout the lesson.

2015 Guideline Changes
03:28
2015 BLS Guideline Changes
03:33

An introduction to the General Concepts of Basic Life Support. This video discusses the BLS Adult and Pediatric Chains of Survival. Knowing which actions to take and being efficient in their execution can make the difference in a life-or-death cardiac arrest situation. There are appropriate actions for both the Adult Chain of Survival and Pediatric Chain of Survival. Both of which are reviewed in this lesson. 

Initiating the Chain of Survival
01:57
Initiating the Chain of Survival
00:29
General Concepts of Basic Life Support
01:02
+ BLS for Adults
9 lectures 10:21
BLS for Adults
00:04

The first lesson in chapter 2. This lesson discusses the BLS process and CPR steps associated with adults in a one-rescuer situation. The process is explained step-by-step, beginning with a situational assessment. Proper CPR steps are reviewed and explained. 

One-Rescuer BLS/CPR for Adults
02:39
One Rescuer BLS/CPR for Adults
01:52

The second lesson in chapter 2. This lesson discusses the BLS process and CPR steps associated with adults in a two-rescuer situation. The steps of BLS and CPR are reviewed and the role of both the first and second rescuer is made clear. It is important for each rescuer to be aware of their role and its responsibilities to minimize interruptions in CPR.

Two-Rescuer BLS/CPR for Adults
01:33
Two-Rescuer BLS/CPR for Adults
00:58

This lesson discusses Adult Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation, which is the use of a mask to deliver breaths in one-rescuer CPR. The appropriate use is detailed step-by-step. These guidelines help to ensure CPR is administered properly in one-rescuer situations requiring the use of a ventilated mask.

Adult Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation
01:13
Adult Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation
00:33

This lesson discusses Adult Bag-Mask Ventilation, which is the use of a mask to deliver breaths in one-rescuer CPR. The appropriate use is detailed step-by-step. These guidelines help to ensure CPR is administered properly in one-rescuer situations requiring the use of a bag-mask.

Adult Bag-Mask Ventilation
00:59
Adult Bag-Mask Ventilation
00:28
Self Assessment: BLS for Adults
3 questions
+ Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
2 lectures 03:30

Chapter 3 discusses the use of an AED, or automated external defibrillator. The steps of operating an AED are reviewed. The potential readings are also discussed, as well as what to do to ensure the AED is working properly.

AED Steps
01:52
Use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
01:38
Self Assessment: Use of the AED
4 questions
+ BLS for Children (Age One to Puberty)
7 lectures 07:50
BLS for Children 1 – 8 Years
00:46

The first lesson in chapter 4, One-Rescuer BLS for Children. Children are defined as between age 1 and puberty. There are slight differences between BLS for adults and children, and those differences are highlighted. CPR and AED use are reviewed, as well as what to do if there is no one around to help. 

One-Rescuer BLS for Children
02:02
One-Rescuer BLS for Children
00:53

The second lesson in chapter 4 discusses Two-Rescuer BLS for Children. Children are defined as between age 1 and puberty. The process for two rescuers is described in detail, step-by-step. Each rescuer must be aware of their role and responsibilities to avoid miscommunication and other issues. CPR and AED use are reviewed. 

Two Rescuer BLS for Children
01:51
Two Rescuer BLS for Children
00:49

The third lesson of chapter 4, Child Ventilation. The first step is to ensure the bag-mask is the correct size. How to determine whether the mask is sized correctly is covered in the lesson. The proper use of the bag-mask is discussed. 

Child Ventilation
00:57
Child Ventilation
00:31
+ BLS for Infants (Age 0 to 12 Months)
5 lectures 07:06
One & Two Rescuer BLS for Infants (0 to 12 months old)
00:58

Chapter 5 discusses BLS for Infants. Infants are defined as age 0 to 12 months. Determining responsiveness is the first step in BLS for infants. Each step is explained in detail, from assessing the scene to contacting 911 and providing CPR. The differences in treatment for infants are also emphasized. Including, but not limited to, compression depth. Proper AED use and CPR are explained. 

One-Rescuer BLS for Infants
02:01
One-Rescuer BLS for Infants
01:09

This lesson covers BLS for infants, in two-rescuer situations. Infants are defined as age 0 to 12 months. In two-rescuer situations, each rescuer has specific duties. Clear communication is important to ensure the best possible administration of care. The differences in treatment for infants as opposed to children or adults are discussed.

Two-Rescuer BLS for Infants
01:57
Two-Rescuer BLS for Infants
01:00
+ AED for Children & Infants
2 lectures 03:36

Chapter 6 discusses how to use an AED for children and infants. Along with provided a detailed definition of an AED, or automated external defibrillator, the steps for using an AED are explained. In the event the AED provides unexpected readings, such as “check electrodes”, those messages have been explained and appropriate steps are provided.

AED for Children & Infants
02:13
AED for Children & Infants
01:23
Self Assessment: BLS for Children and Infants
4 questions
+ Airway Management
5 lectures 05:52
Airway Management
00:17

The beginning of chapter 7 encompasses Mouth-to-Mouth Rescue Breathing. This method is different for adults and children, and infants. Those differences are highlighted. The instructions on Mouth-to-Mouth for children and adults, as well as Mouth-to-Mouth/Nose for infants, are explained step-by-step. 

Mouth-to-Mouth Rescue Breathing
02:33
Mouth-to-Mouth Rescue Breathing
01:43

The second part of chapter 7 discusses Rescue Breathing. Cardiac arrest is often preceded by respiratory distress and arrest. It is important to know this as an individual can be saved by preventing potential cardiac arrest.

Rescue Breathing
01:01
Rescue Breathing
00:17
+ Choking
4 lectures 05:26

Chapter 8 covers choking relief. The first lesson in chapter 8 focuses on choking in adults or children. Choking is a common but highly preventable cause of cardiac arrest. This lesson provides step-by-step instruction of what actions to take in the event of someone, adult or child, choking. 

Choking in Adults & Children
01:52
Choking in Adults & Children
00:45

The second lesson in chapter 8 covers choking in infants. Infants are defined as 0 to 12 months in age. The administration of care for a choking infant is described, step-by-step. 

Choking in Infants
01:58
Choking in Infants
00:51
Self Assessment: Airway Management and Relief of Choking
3 questions