This video-based, Instructor-led course features accelerated content that is designed for learners with existing BLS knowledge, allowing for time efficiency while teaching both single-rescuer and team BLS skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques.
BLS teaches skills using AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows Instructors to observe students, provide feedback, and guide students’ acquisition of skills. The course uses a recommended ratio of 6 students to 2 manikins to 1 instructor.
After successfully completing the BLS Renewal Course, students should be able to:
- describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
- describe all the steps of the Chain of Survival
- apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
- recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
- perform high-quality CPR for an adult
- describe the importance of early use of an AED
- demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED
- provide effective ventilation by using a barrier device
- perform high-quality CPR for a child
- perform high-quality CPR for an infant
- describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation
- perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
- describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult or child
- describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an infant.
Eligibility for continuing education credit:
Emergency Medical Services -- This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 2.25 Basic CEHs, activity
Key Features and Benefits
This DVD allows BLS Instructors to choose one of two tracks, in-facility or prehospital, based on the needs of the students in the class.
- 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
- 2-Rescuer Child BLS
- Team Dynamics
- Infant BLS
- Relief of Choking
- Special Considerations
Dimensions and Specifications
Total running time: 71 minutes
Additional Supplies Needed for Operation
To teach the BLS renewal course, you will also need:
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Manual (item no. EC15-1010)
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Manual (item no. EC15-1009)
Other supplies needed:
- DVD player
- training manikins
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is the renewal course different from the inital BLS course?
A: The renewal course requires less classroom time than the classroom-based initial course, allowing for more efficiency in training providers who already have BLS experience.
Q: Is there guidance about what sections of the provider and Instructor manuals need to be referenced to teach the renewal course?
A: Resources are available on the AHA Instructor network that provide information about teaching the renewal course, including training scenarios.
Q: Can any provider who previously took the full BLS course take the renewal course?
A: Any provider who already had BLS certification can take the renewal course. However, the course is available only in a classroom-based format.
Q: Can I use the existing BLS 2-DVD set to teach the renewal course?
A: It is possible to teach a renewal course using the existing course DVDs. However, the new course has been designed to make it easier to offer the content most relevant to providers with previous BLS training.