Is BLS Certification The Same As CPR?
BLS certification classes and CPR training are often misconstrued as providing the same skills and life-saving techniques, however, BLS certification and CPR training are very different.
CPR is a basic life-saving technique course that anyone can use in their daily lives. In comparison, BLS certification classes are a more in-depth extension of CPR and is geared towards first responders and anyone who works in the medical field.
Our BLS certification course, The American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Course, is designed to teach skills of CPR for victims of all ages. Other skills include ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of a foreign-body airway obstruction.
The course is designed for healthcare providers or aspiring healthcare providers who care for patients in a wide variety of settings, both in and out of a hospital. The course includes an initial patient assessment, rescue breathing with a face-shield, pocket face mask, and bag valve device, one and two rescuer CPR for the adult, child and infant with and without an advanced airway, the use of supplemental oxygen, and special situations for healthcare providers.
Our CPR course, The Heartsaver First Aid Training with CPR and AED, covers first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environment emergencies. The course teaches the lay rescuer the knowledge and psychomotor skills they need to recognize emergencies and give first aid until the arrival of EMS.
At Kansas City First Aid, we understand that illnesses and injuries can happen suddenly in the workplace. If you know how to recognize an emergency and know what to do, you can make a difference between a quick recovery or a long illness; or you may make the difference between life and death.
BLS certification courses are for those who work in the healthcare system and require advanced CPR and life-saving knowledge, and CPR classes are for those who do not work in healthcare, but still wish to have the ability to take action in an emergency until first responders arrive.
If you are in the Kansas City Metro Area including Jackson County in Missouri and Johnson County in Kansas, one of our courses will be a great fit for you. We have provided a public training schedule on our webpage so you can find the right course and time that works for you. Contact us at (913) 980-5245 and our staff will schedule your next class.