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What are some common questions found on the Basic Life Support certification exam?

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Common BLS certification questions may include, "What are the steps for using an AED," compression and ventilation ratios for a variety of CPR scenarios, and questions detailing the common signs of an airway obstruction or other life-threatening medical emergency. Exam questions cover a variety of skills and knowledge taught during a BLS course.

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BLS is a level of medical care provided to patients who are suffering from a potentially fatal or life-threatening injury or illness. A variety of professionals are required to obtain and maintain their BLS certifications, especially those who work with seniors, young children or within the medical industry. Re-certification testing is required every two years to ensure professionals are able to keep their understanding and skills up to date. Both initial and re-certification exam questions cover a variety of topics related to identifying and responding to life-threatening medical emergencies.

Examples of common exam questions may include, "How often should responders switch roles when performing CPR?" "What are the characteristics of effective CPR?" and questions about where to check for a pulse when treating patients of varying age groups. BLS certification courses typically last three hours, and online courses and testing are available for professionals seeking to renew their existing certifications.

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