Basic Life Support (BLS)

OSF East Central Illinois EMS has experienced instructors that deliver the American Heart Association's BLS program. The AHA’s BLS 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. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Who should take this course?

The AHA's BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone else who needs to know how to perform CPR and other basic life support skills in a in-facility or prehospital setting. 

What will I learn in this course?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA 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

 How can I complete this course?

OSF East Central Illinois EMS offers a few different ways to obtain course completion in BLS.