BLS vs. CPR/AED??

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    I feel silly asking this, but I honestly do not know...

    What is the difference between BLS and CPR/AED for the healthcare professional? I am a new graduate, and my nursing school required us to have CPR/AED, so that is what I have. However, I see most job descriptions looking for a BLS.

    When I went to register for a BLS course, it was listed as BLS/CPR for healthcare professional.

    So do I need to take a BLS course, or is my CPR/AED enough? If employers are specifically looking for BLS, should I just go ahead and get it?
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    I have no clue on the different wording. In my work world, BLS is just that. Basic CPR/choking. AED is NOT taught. I think I'd call and clarify what they mean by it.
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    These terms (BLS/CPR) are often used interchangeably. If you took a CPR for healthcare providers I think you are probably covered. I wouldn't go ahead and take different one unless I was specifically asked.
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    In my BLS for Health Professionals class, we did CPR, AED, and choking.
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    Quote from RNDreamer
    In my BLS for Health Professionals class, we did CPR, AED, and choking.
    mine too - infants and adults.
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    The American Heart Association's BLS for healthcare Professionals is universally the preferred/required class for hospital folk.
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    bls of health care providers is essentially the same class as AHA hearsaver (cpr, AED, choking). The differences are that the health care provider course covers checking pulses, use of a bag valve mask and advanced airways.
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    Look for the courses that have the terms "healthcare provider" in the title. If you have any questions, give them a call or get the institution to be specific with your requirements. Some accept the Red Cross version and some do not. But all require healthcare provider versions versus versions for the general public.
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    Quote from firefightingRN
    bls of health care providers is essentially the same class as AHA hearsaver (cpr, AED, choking). The differences are that the health care provider course covers checking pulses, use of a bag valve mask and advanced airways.
    I think the heartsaver class is compressions only now too.

    My CPR for healthcare providers covered CPR, AED, and choking as well. Tokmom, I'm surprised your class didn't teach AED. It only adds about 5 minutes to the course. I thought the classes for non-healthcare providers even covered AED's now. Perhaps your instructor was a little lazy, lol.
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    The BLS is 5minutes longer and most of the time is good for 2 years. The Red Cross's is good for a years...and usually $25. Most hospitals prefer the BLS from the American Heart Association.


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