top of page

Basic Life Support

BLS 101






Healthcare Providers and Professional Rescuers


Basic Life Support Provider

Delivery Option(s)

Instructor-Led, Web based/Classroom (Blended Learning), Challenge, Review




The American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) course provides participants with the knowledge

and skills they need to assess, recognize and care for patients who are experiencing respiratory

arrest, cardiac arrest, airway obstruction or opioid overdose. When a patient experiences a lifethreatening emergency, healthcare providers need to act swiftly and promptly. The course emphasizes providing high-quality care and integrating psychomotor skills with critical thinking and problem solving to achieve the best possible patient outcomes



Learning Objectives

• Apply concepts of effective teamwork when caring for a patient experiencing a life-threatening emergency. 

• Integrate communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills during a high-performance BLS team response. 

• Apply a systematic, continuous approach to assess, recognize and care for adults, children and infants experiencing a life-threatening emergency. 

• Perform a rapid assessment for responsive and unresponsive adults, children and infants. • Effectively care for adults, children and infants in respiratory arrest. 

• State the principles of high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants. 

• Identify BLS differences among adults, children and infants. 

• Provide high-quality chest compressions for adults, children and infants. 

• Deliver effective ventilations to adults, children and infants using a pocket mask and bag-valvemask (BVM) resuscitator. 

• Demonstrate effective use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for adults, children and infants.  

• Provide high-quality BLS care for adults, children and infants in single- and multiple-provider situations. 

• Deliver effective abdominal thrusts, back blows and chest thrusts for adults, children and infants with airway obstruction. 

• State the principles of care for a patient experiencing an opioid overdose.

Other Course Details

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) 2020 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations. 

  • The American Red Cross Focused Updates and Guidelines 2020.

bottom of page