ACLS certified... do I need to update BLS?

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    Hi,
    Last spring I became ACLS certified and it expires next spring (2013). My BLS expires at the end of this month. Do I need to recert in BLS or does simply having ACLS cover BLS since it is expected that you know BLS when you take ACLS? I'm mainly asking because I don't have a job and would love to save a couple hundred bucks and avoid BLS recertificiation if I can until I am involved with an organization that provides free or cheap recertification.Thanks!
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    Yes you need to recertify in BLS as they are considered two different things.
    Esme12 and ~*Stargazer*~ like this.
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    agreed. In our training center you have to present your BLS card in order to get in to the ACLS class
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    You need to keep both updated. If you do not have a current BLS certification (within the past two years) you will not be allowed to sit for ACLS again. BLS is a small part of ACLS. ACLS only reviews the BLS steps because you are already certified. The actual BLS course goes very in depth into the techniques of compressions and ventilation. They are two different courses and you have to maintain both.
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    Yes you need to renew BLS. Shop around and check out different places like your local YMCA or local college sometimes they offer AHA BLS pretty cheap.
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    You pay a couple hundred bucks for BLS?? Can I teach you BLS?? I usually only charge around 65... but if you're willing to pay hundreds....
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    Quote from ckh23
    Yes you need to renew BLS. Shop around and check out different places like your local YMCA or local college sometimes they offer AHA BLS pretty cheap.
    Our hospital will not accept BLS from the Y or firestations or other "public" places. You should check on that before you do it.
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    Yes, you need a current card. Check with the American Red Cross, classes for Healthcare professionals is around 60.00...
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    Yes, you do need both, and you will have to pay for the recert since your job will require a BLS cert as a minimum qualification. The extra ACLS may help you land an ICU or ER job, though. Both recerts are every 2 years, and once you start working, they're free!


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