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2020 Guidelines AHA Basic Life Support (BLS)

2020 Guidelines AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Goal

High-quality CPR, comprising manual chest compressions and ventilation, is the foundation of lifesaving resuscitation for cardiac arrest victims. Maintaining blood flow to the heart and brain is the first priority, ahead of other interventions, such as administering medications. Individuals and teams should focus on maintaining cardiac output at all times during an attempted resuscitation for cardiac arrest.  
The goal of the 2020 Guidelines AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) course is to train participants to save the lives of victims in cardiac arrest through high-quality CPR. The AHA designed the BLS Course to teach healthcare professionals how to perform high-quality CPR individually or as part of a team. BLS skills are applicable to any healthcare setting. BLS students will learn rescue techniques for adults, children, and infants. 

2020 Guidelines AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Objectives

2020 Guidelines AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Course objectives will enable course participants 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 when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult, a child and an infant
  • Describe the importance of early use of an AED
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED
  • Provide effective ventilation by using a barrier device
  • Describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation
  • Perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Describe how to relieve foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult, a child, and an infant