BLS Handbook

Basic Life Support (BLS) skills allow healthcare workers, healthcare students, public safety workers and others with a duty to respond to provide assistance to someone during a health crisis. Throughout the American Red Cross BLS Handbook for Healthcare Providers you'll find emergency care procedures outlined in detail. This not only helps you fully understand how to support someone in need, but can also help keep the steps for proper care fresh in your mind even after your certification is complete.

Because real-life situations can be complicated – with multiple persons in need and multiple symptoms to treat – the Red Cross BLS Handbook reflects actual emergency response scenarios. This way, you can learn how to prioritize care even before treating your first patient. To begin your BLS training, simply find a class near you and complete the online enrollment process.

About the Authors

The American Red Cross BLS Handbook was developed under the direction of Jonathan L. Epstein, MEMS, NREMT-P Senior Director, Science and Content Development American Red Cross. Guidance and review was provided by the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, a 50+ member panel of nationally recognized experts drawn from a wide variety of scientific, medical and academic disciplines.

Note: The emergency care steps outlined in the BLS handbook and are consistent with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) and the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

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