What’s the difference between HeartSaver and BLS for Healthcare Providers certification? Which course is right for me?
The BLS course is intended for healthcare providers (i.e. nurses or nursing students, dentists and dental assistants, physical therapists, and those who provide healthcare to patients). The HeartSaver course is intended for lay persons and anyone who is not a healthcare provider (i.e. teachers and educators, retail employees, construction workers, security staff, etc.).
How long is the course?
The BLS course is approximately 3.5 hours. The HeartSaver course is approximately 5 hours. The number of people in the cours affects the time it takes to complete a course. For example, a class of 8 students will take longer than a class of 3 students to finish.
What do I have to bring to the course?
A willingness to learn! Please dress appropriately but comfortably. Loose, comfortable clothing is highly encouraged. You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands and knees, bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical conditions that might prevent these activities, please tell the instructor when you arrive for the course. The instructor will work to accommodate your needs within the stated course completion requirements.
How long is my certification good for?
All American Heart Association certifications are good for 2 years.
My certification has expired. How do I get recertified?
We highly encourage you to get recertified before your certification expires and can contact Life Support Solutions for recertification. Life Support Solutions can help you with the recertification course or the skills test after you have completed the on-line course. (www.onlineaha.org).
What is a skills test?
A skills test can be taken after successful completion of an on-line course (found at www.onlineaha.org) as an alternate option to taking the classroom version of the BLS or HeartSaver courses. Choosing the on-line + skills test course will save you a considerable amount of time. For example, those who take this option for BLS recertification can usually save about 2 hours versus taking the classroom course. HeartSaver recertification saves you even more time.
How soon do I get my certification card after completion of the course?
You will receive your certification card(s) immediately upon successful completion of the course. For all courses, regardless of class size, Life Support Solutions requires that we receive the full names of all participants 72 hours prior to the scheduled course. Having the full names of all attendees will ensure the immediate receipt of certification cards upon successful course completion.
How do I take an on-line course?
On-line courses can be found on www.onlineaha.org. From the home page, please select the ‘Course Catalog’ tab at the top of the page. After you have successfully completed the on-line course, you will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate is required and must be presented at the skills test. Life Support Solutions cannot conduct a skills test without having a copy of this certificate.
What do I have to bring to a skills test?
Your certificate of completion from the on-line course along with a valid I.D.
I was certified by Life Support Solutions but lost my certification card. How do I get a replacement card?
Please contact us to receive a duplicate card. Please note that the cost for a replacement card is $10.
Can I get into any legal trouble if I help out and provide First Aid or CPR?
You can get into legal trouble if the victim tells you that he or she does not want your help. Approach the victim, introduce yourself, (if you are certified to administer CPR of First Aid) tell them that you are certified, and ask if they want your help. If the victim agrees, you may help. If the victim does not want your help, call 911, and stay with the victim until more advanced help arrives. If the victim is unresponsive, assume they want your help, and act immediately.
Am I allowed to use an AED?
Anyone who has successfully completed the HeartSaver CPR/AED course can and is encouraged to use an AED, if one is available, during an emergency. AEDs are safe and effective.
How often should I get recertified?
You should get recertified every two years or as required by your company.
What is hands-only CPR?
Hands-only CPR is exactly what it sounds like. No breaths are administered to the victim. Push hard and fast on the center of the chest at a rate of at least 100 compressions a minute, at a depth of at least 2” for adults and 1.5” for children. If other people that know CPR are around to help, switch rescuers after performing 200 compressions, or after 2 minutes.
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