Quote from seneyka
Isnt BLS an advanced CPR?
I got my CPR, but after searching, I realized I needed to take BLS class because it's CPR for healthcare provider!
One thing more: most job I search has description like this:
REQUIRED: BLS certification, and able to perform CPR.
My card is Adult/CHild/Infant CPR and First Aid card! The training included AED machine . ANyone knows if this is the same as BLS?
I ran into this confusion too when I first became a nurse. It all depends on the certifying body.
The American Heart Association (AHA) breaks it down into Basic Life Support (BLS) and then Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
The American Red Cross (ARC) simply has CPR whether it's for adult/child and then CPR w/ AED.
The way I look at it is the AHA is geared towards a healthcare provider (meaning someone who is employed to provide healtcare services) and the ARC is geared towards the non-healthcare provider, or laymen, someone who is not employed for theses same services.
The ARC touches on the 'Good Samaritan Act' because you are not 'legally' responsible to perform these task as a laymen, where as a healthcare provider you are due to your contractual employment.
For the AHA, BLS includes the AED as well as adult/child. For the ARC, they break it down further... you can be simply CPR certified, or Adult CPR, or infant/child CPR, or CPR w/ AED... the list goes on.
So in a nut shell... you need to have your BLS for employment as a healthcare provider, CPR certification through the ARC is not recognized as an adequate certification.
Hope this helps, and doesn't confuse you.
Best of luck.