Healthcare and Public Safety

Healthcare and Public Safety

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The American Red Cross is the premier provider of safety training – equipping healthcare and public safety providers with the right certifications to stay on the job.

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers +

Breathing new life into resuscitation education, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) is designed to train professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child, and infant victims.

Consistent with the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC, BLS is the foundational CPR/AED program typically required for healthcare providers and public safety professionals including Physicians, Nurses, Dental and Pharmacy Professionals, Physical Therapists, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Police Officers, Firefighters, and Athletic and Fitness Trainers.

BLS is available in both an instructor-led and blended learning format. Upon successful completion of the course, learners will receive a 2-year “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” digital certificate with anytime, anywhere access to certificate and training history.

Brand new Simulation Learning training method available.

Simulation Learning is an immersive, online learning experience that allows you to make decisions – and mistakes – without risk to the patient, followed by an in-person skills session.

Course length:

2 to 4.5 hours. depending on course option.

Topics include:

  • Conducting an expended scene size-up
  • Performing a primary assessment
  • Providing CPR (One- and Two-Rescuer)
  • Ventilations including using a Bag-Valve-Mask
  • Using an AED
  • Relieving a foreign body airway obstruction

Care steps outlines in BLS are consistent with

  • 2010 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR)
  • 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC.

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CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers +

Designed for those with a duty to act, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers helps participants respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children, and infants.

From assessing needs and making decisions to providing care, this professional-level certification program teaches the skills required for your job through discussion, video, and hands-on training based on real-life rescue scenarios. Course covers adults, children and infants and includes free online refreshers. Instructor-led and blended learning options available.

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will receive a 2 year "CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers” digital certificate.

Course length:

From 2 to 5 hours. depending on course option.

Topics include:

  • Primary assessment
  • One- and Two-rescuer CPR
  • Ventilations
  • Using an AED
  • Choking

What is the difference between Red Cross BLS and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers?

Both Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers offer professional-level certification in basic life support skills including CPR and AED. BLS is typically required for healthcare providers and public safety professionals including Physicians, Nurses, Dental and Pharmacy Professionals, Physical Therapists, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Police Officers, Firefighters, and Athletic and Fitness Trainers.

If you are unsure of which course to take, you should check with your employer to determine if you are required to certify in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.

Emergency Medical Response +

A comprehensive training course designed for today’s professional first responders.

This hands-on, scenario-based training provides the skills you need to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical personnel take over. Exceeds EMS Educational Standards. Updated to reflect the latest science. Course is designed to prepare you to take the National Registry Exam for First Responder/EMR and helps to meet entry requirements for most fire technology and EMT programs.

  • 2-year certification in Emergency Medical Response
  • 2-year certification in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
  • 2-year certification in Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • 1-year certification in Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Upon successful completion of the program, all certifications are issued digitally - giving anytime, anywhere access to your certificate and training history

Course length:

Approximately 51 hours

Topics include:

  • Assessment
  • CPR and AED
  • Medical and Trauma Emergencies
  • EMS operations
Administering Emergency Oxygen +

An advanced skills course for professional rescuers, including lifeguards, who want to improve their ability to provide care for victims of breathing emergencies.

This course covers a variety of physical and mechanical tools for maintaining patient oxygen levels until more advanced medical personnel can take over.

A 2-year certification in Administering Emergency Oxygen is issued digitally - giving you anytime, anywhere access to your certificate and training history.

Course length:

Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

Topics include:

  • Use of bag-valve-mask (BVM) rescuscitator
  • Administering emergency oxygen
  • Airway management including oral (OPA) and nasal (NPA) airways (optional)
  • Use of manual and mechanical suctioning devices (optional)
  • Oxygen safety procedures
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