At HeartCert CPR, we are often asked what the difference is between BLS and Heartsaver courses. We teach BLS in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. We also offer several other courses in other locations, so we are happy to break down the differences between these two classes.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Course
When you take our BLS course, you will learn one and two person CPR skills for adults, children and infants while using various breathing barrier devices. You will also learn how to clear the airway of a conscious or unconscious adult, child or infant. Finally, you will learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Learning about the signs and symptoms for respiratory and cardiac arrest as well as strokes and other health issues is another key focus for BLS courses. You will learn how to recognize and respond to life-threatening emergencies using advanced interventions and the proper equipment. This course is taught under the assumption that you will eventually be called upon to use these skills in an emergency situation.
In general, a BLS course is for health care providers like: Nurses, doctors and those in similar positions, but anyone is welcome to register for and complete the class. The class must be retaken every two years in order to maintain certification. To pass the class, you must demonstrate the skills you have learned to the instructor and pass a multiple choice exam.
Our Heartsaver courses will teach you almost everything that the BLS course will teach you. However, you will not learn about the more advanced techniques and barrier devices that health care providers use. This course is generally designed for those who are not in the health care field, such as babysitters, nannies, foster parents and others in similar types of industries.
The Heartsaver Course will also teach you basic care for emergencies like breathing difficulties, heart emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical responders arrive. You will learn how to properly use an AED as well while administering CPR. There is no written test required to pass a Heartsaver course.
Are you interested in learning more about BLS in the Twin Cities or any of our other life-saving courses? Call HeartCert CPR at 651-261-2314 or you can register here.