BLS vs. CPR/AED??

  1. 0 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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  3. Visit  tokmom profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  CNL2B profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  RNDreamer profile page
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    In my BLS for Health Professionals class, we did CPR, AED, and choking.
  6. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  StayLost profile page
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    The American Heart Association's BLS for healthcare Professionals is universally the preferred/required class for hospital folk.
  8. Visit  Flare profile page
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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.
    VivaRN, kaliRN, and Crux1024 like this.
  9. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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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.
    kaliRN likes this.
  10. Visit  ObtundedRN profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  work&play profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    if you will look on the American Heart Asso website you will see that Basic Life Support is the type of course (versus Advanced, like ACLS and PALS) and CPR is the type of SKILLS you learn in BLS courses.

    Healthcare Provider is designed for licensed staff. Heartsaver-AED is designed for unlicensed staff. Other courses are for friends, family, first aid---.

    Heartsaver AED will teach CPR, including how to use an AED if one is available.

    Healthcare Provider teaches all of that, plus bag-mask-valve, providing oxygen, recognizing stroke & heart attack, ------ more than just skills.
  13. Visit  MInurse.st profile page
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    Quote from work&play
    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.
    CPR/AED from the American Red Cross is good for 2 years now.

    My nursing program requires CPR for the Professional Rescuer from the Red Cross.. I wonder why if hospitals prefer BLS from AHA.
    work&play likes this.
  14. Visit  amandakash profile page
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    I'm enrolled in a Red Cross CPR for healthcare professionals class for my nursing program. The cert. is good for two years and it costs $80. The AHA BLS for healthcare professionals isn't as readily offered in my area. Our program will take any CPR for healthcare professionals cert. and we do clinicals in several hospitals throughout the state so I'm not sure why a hospital would prefer AHA over Red Cross.


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