Basic Life Support (BLS)

The Basic Life Support course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings , including in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, doctors’ assistants, registrars, interns, medical and nursing students in training, aides, medical and nursing assistants and other allied health personnel.

The course is also designed for anyone who is required to take a Healthcare Provider course for employment. The course is a pre-requisite for advanced life support courses in resuscitation, including Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS); Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS); Advanced Neonatal Life Support (ANLS); Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), BLS Instructor course; and is an entry requirement for certain post-graduate examinations offered by the CMSA (EG. DipPEC (SA)).

The course comprises 36 lessons and teaches the skills of CPR and choking for victims of all ages, including ventilation with barrier devices, pocket masks, bag-valve-mask devices with supplemental oxygen, and the use of Automated External Defibrillators.

A 62-page A4 BLS Provider student manual is provided to each participant for review before, during and after the course. For successful completion of the course, participants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in CPR and AED use, and obtain a score of at least 84% in the final written evaluation.