Dec 19, '06
Applying for ER tech job or something since I just finished the EMT-B course.
Last edit by dreatx on Dec 19, '06
: Reason: add more for clarity
Dec 21, '06
American Heart has two levels: Basic Life Support for lay people (Heartsavers), and BLS for Health Care Providers.
Heartsavers does not teach how to search for a pulse, only for "signs of life", and not quite as much on the infant/child. Also, not as heavily into the bag-valve-mask, since most lay folk wouldn't have access to that. Also, does not stress two person CPR anymore. Does teach AEDs. Also covers choking and stroke symptoms.
BLS for Health Care Providers does want you to do the pulse check, and the BMV breathing, as well as simple mask. It does have 2 person CPR, and the switch overs. It is the one you need to take ACLS. I think the reason they don't include stroke here (well at least in the recert class), is that as a HCP you should already have some knowledge about that that a lay person wouldn't.
Last edit by JBudd on Dec 21, '06
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