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Basic Life Support (ARC)


The American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) course is designed to train healthcare professionals including nurses, physicians, EMS professionals, and other healthcare and public safety personnel to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants. Content in this program is consistent with:

  • The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2021 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations

  • The American Red Cross Focused Updates and Guidelines 2020

  • The BLS program content was updated to include policy statements, evidence reviews and guidelines from:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

  • American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care (AHA ECC)

  • Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC)

  • Obstetric Life Support™ (OBLSTM)

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American

  • College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM)

  • Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC)

Created with the latest information available, our BLS classes allow you to learn life-saving techniques and can help prepare you for a career in the medical field, as a police officer or firefighter or another career where caring for others is part of the job.

  • Rapid Assessment and Visual Survey

  • CPR/AED for Adults, Children and Infants

  • Obstructed Airways

  • Opioid Overdoses

  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication and Teamwork

  • The Emergency Medical Services System

  • Legal Considerations

  • Precautions


Susan Hutchcraft