Basic Life Support

In association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Victoria First Aid offers CPR level “C” training or better known as Basic Life Support training for healthcare providers. Certification and training materials are all included in the course; no need for separate applications or payments.

Basic Course Information

Program name: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, CPR Level “C”

Program length: BLS for HCP training is 4.5 hours long, with renewal or re-certification taking 4 hours

Course outline:

Basic Life Support for healthcare providers involves advanced training for people who work in a pre-medical (e.g. emergency situations) or healthcare environment (e.g. hospitals and clinics). Most of our trainees are allied health professionals like nurses and emergency medical personnel. The program teaches students basic skills used in medical emergencies, such as how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on adults and children (victims).

The course outline involves the following content: (1) CPR, (2) AED, (3) choking management – for adult, children, and infant victims. We train our students in recognizing potential and actual health emergencies.

How to Pass Level C Training

Like Victoria First Aid’s other healthcare training programs, a student passes Level C training by having complete attendance and passing the exam at the end of training. The exam is has a written test and a skills test; the student must pass both to receive a Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (Level C) training certificate.

Renewal of Training Certificates

Training certificates are granted to students who pass all the requirements dictated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Victoria First Aid. The card and certificate we award students who train with us is valid for three years all over the country; however, certain workplaces that list BLS for HCP training as a work requirement may ask their employees to get their credentials renewed sooner than three years after the first issue.

Once you pass the written test and skills test, you will be granted a temporary certificate. The permanent certificate and ID will be mailed to you by the staff at Victoria First Aid.

Note: If you plan on taking advanced training – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – you are required to have a Level C training credential first. The Level C certificate from taking this program meets ACLS and PALS pre-requisites.

Get started on training: Adult chest compressions

Chest compressions on adults are performed different from chest compressions given to infants and children. Two hands are used in compression, placed on top of each other with fingers interlaced in the middle of the chest. The proper placement of the hands is on the sternum, between the nipples. Push hard and fast, depressing the chest by at least 2 inches and waiting for the chest to recoil between compressions. If compressions are not performed correctly, cardiopulmonary resuscitation will fail because blood is not being manually circulated adequately.

You can use the form below to sign up for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (Level C) training at Victoria First Aid.

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