The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course covers topics such as how to perform CPR, the methods for detecting common life-threatening situations and how to operate an automated external defibrillator. It also explains how to relieve chocking safely and the methods for performing other basic life-saving techniques in a hospital environment as well as in other settings.
One core concept within the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course is CPR certification, which includes training on the proper methods for conducting the procedure effectively and without harming or further endangering the life of the recipient. The course includes instruction on the technique as well as training to help prepare the student for the actual certification exam, which includes a practical demonstration of the skill. The course also covers the methods for performing other basic, nonsurgical medical procedures to help sustain the life of patients in many common situations, such as how to remove an obstruction from a windpipe without damaging the ribs or lungs.
The course also covers the use of other common life support tools, such as a defibrillator, which is a device that sends an electrical current into the patient to restart a heartbeat. The remainder of the course covers the methods for performing these procedures within a hospital setting, including the ways to inform other professionals of the practitioner's needs. It also explains how to perform the tactics in other settings that may not include the appropriate tools.