Course Description

Basic Life Support (BLS) training reinforces healthcare professionals' understanding of the importance of early CPR and defibrillation, basic steps of performing CPR, relieving choking, and using an AED; and the role of each link in the Chain of Survival. The BLS Instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics.

Course content includes:

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Use of an AED
  • Effective ventilation using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multi rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi rescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

Course Outline

  • 8:00-8:05  Course Introduction
  • 8:05-8:40  Lesson 2: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
    • Part I: Adult Chain of Survival
    • Part II: Scene Safety and Assessment
    • Part III: Adult Compressions
    • Part IV: Pocket Mask
    • Part V: 1-Rescuer Adult BLS
  • 8:40-9:07  Lesson 3: AED and Bag-Mask Device
    • Part I: AED
    • Part II: Bag-Mask Device
  • 9:07-9:14  Lesson 4: 2-Rescuer Adult BLS
  • 9:14-9:23  Lesson 5: Team Dynamics
    • Part I: Team Dynamics
    • Part II: Successful Resuscitation Teams
  • 9:23-9:38  Lesson 6: High–Performance Team Activities
  • 9:38-9:50  Break
  • 9:50-10:05  Lesson 7: Child BLS
    • Part I: Pediatric Chain of Survival
    • Part II: Child BLS
    • Part III: 2-Rescuer Child CPR
  • 10:05-10:20  Lesson 8: Infant BLS
    • Part I: Infant BLS
    • Part II: Infant Compressions
    • Part III: Bag-Mask Device for Infants
    • Part IV: 2-Rescuer Infant BLS
    • Part V: AED for Infants and Children Less Than 8 Years of Age
  • 10:20-10:29  Lesson 9: Special Considerations
    • Part I: Mouth-to-Mouth Breaths
    • Part II: Rescue Breathing
    • Part III: Breaths with an Advanced Airway
    • Part IV: Opioid-Associated Life-Threatening Emergency
  • 10:29-10:31  Lesson 10: Adult and Child Choking
    • Part I: Relief of Choking in a Responsive Adult or Child
    • Part II: Relief of Choking in an Unresponsive Adult or Child
  • 10:31-10:35  Lesson 11: Infant Choking
    • Part I: Relief of Choking in a Responsive Infant
    • Part II: Relief of Choking in an Unresponsive Infant
  • Written Exam
  • Skills Testing

Learner Outcomes

All students must…
•    be present for the entire course
•    complete the written exam with a passing score of 75% or higher
•    successfully demonstrate the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
•    successfully demonstrate adult and child CPR interventions
•    successfully demonstrate adult and child choking interventions


Pre Course work:

Please complete the following prior to your course. 

• download the BLS provider e-Book to either your laptop or portable device (code found above)

• review both the agenda and manual before coming to class

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.  You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands and knees, bending, standing, and lifting.  If you have physical conditions that might prevent you from participating in the course, please tell one of the instructors when you arrive for the course.  The instructor will work to accommodate your needs within the stated course completion requirements.  

Parking: When you arrive you will need to purchase a parking pass ($6.00) from the kiosk in the parking lot and display on your dash.  If you already have a purple (perimeter) permit you do not need to purchase the parking pass.  

We look forward to welcoming you on (Course Date).  If you have any questions about the course, please call Dr. Chris McClanahan at 512-716-2950 or email at ctm72@txstate.edu

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