Heart and Stroke Courses

Heart and Stroke Foundation Courses

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada offers a variety of courses to meet your training needs.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) formerly BLS for Health Care Providers
  • HeartCode® BLS
  • Heartsaver® CPR/AED

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Basic Life Support (BLS) – formerly BLS for Health Care Providers

BLS course is a video-based, Instructor-led course that teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics. The new BLS Provider course, based on the 2015 Guidelines, replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers course, while offering the high-quality education you’d expect from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The new format making it easier to tailor a broader audience.

Duration:
  • 3 – 4 hours (Approximate)
Cost:
  • $99.99 + GST

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s BLS Course offers:
The latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes
Realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients

Course Description:bls-book

The BLS Provider Course focuses on what rescuers need to know to perform high-quality CPR in a wide variety of settings. You will also learn how to respond to choking emergencies.

  • Importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Steps of the Chain of Survival and applying the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • Importance of early defibrillation and use of an AED
  • Use of a barrier device to provide effective ventilations
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performing as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) in adults, children and infants

Basic Life Support (BLS) Renewal

BLS course is a video-based, Instructor-led course that teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics. The new BLS Provider course, based on the 2015 Guidelines, replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers course, while offering the high-quality education you’d expect from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The new format making it easier to tailor a broader audience.

Duration:
  • 2 -3 hours (Approximate)
Cost:
  • $89.99 + GST
Prerequisite
  • Heart & Stroke BLS Course completion card (taken within the last 12 months and current to the most recent Guidelines release)
Course Description:bls-book

The BLS Renewal course is a fast-paced course that allows the experienced BLS provider (those who are confident in their BLS skills through regular use in their work in the ED, CCU, ICU on code team, or paramedics and first responders) the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge through written and skills assessment in a concentrated program. Successful completion of this two hour 15 minute course (approximate time) allows students to renew their BLS course completion card.

Students need to come prepared. The BLS Renewal course is fast-paced, assumes you have retained the cognitive knowledge learned in the Heart and Stroke BLS Provider course and can demonstrate skills mastery. There will be limited practice and limited opportunities for remedial coaching.

All participants are expected to be highly proficient BLS providers. This is not an entry-level course, those students who are unsuccessful in the skills or knowledge test will have to take a full BLS Provider course.

Heartsaver® CPR/AED

The Heartsaver® is the Canadian standard in CPR and AED training. This straightforward, yet comprehensive, course provides you with the skills and confidence to respond to a cardiac arrest at home, in public or at work.

Duration:
  • 4.5 hours (Approximate)
Course Description:

The Heartsaver® CPR AED course focuses on what you need to know to perform high-quality CPR and use an AED effectively. You will also learn how to respond to choking emergencies. Course contents and outcomes include:hs-book

  • How high-quality CPR improves survival
  • The concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognizing when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • How to perform CPR with the help of others
  • Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask, for all age groups
  • How to use an AED on an adult, children, and infants
  • When and how to help a choking adult, children, and infants

HeartCode® BLS

HeartCode® BLS is an official, self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program from the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF). PLEASE NOTE: Although this video is from the American Heart and Stroke Association we also offer this here in Canada.

Course Description:

This program uses eSimulation technology to present realistic patient scenarios. Students are presented with five BLS cases and an online multiple-choice written exam. While interacting with the program, students assess each patient, formulate a treatment plan based on 2010 BLS guidelines, and provide treatment. Successful completion of Part 1, the online component, and Parts 2 and 3, skills practice and testing with an HSF BLS Instructor, are the requirements for obtaining a HSF BLS Healthcare Provider course completion card.

Students who are enrolled in the HeartCode® BLS online Part 1 will receive online access to the BLS Provider Manual, the 2010 Heart and Stroke Foundation Guidelines for CPR & ECC and the 2010 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers. Providers will have access to all information in the course for 12 months (one year) following activation of the course key.

Part 1, the online portion of HeartCode® BLS, focuses on what healthcare providers need to know to perform CPR in a wide variety of in-and out-of hospital settings:

  1. 1. Initiating the Chain of Survival
  2. 2. Performing prompt, high-quality chest compressions for adult, child, and infant victims
  3. 3. Initiating early use of an AED
  4. 4. Providing appropriate rescue breaths
  5. 5. Practicing 2-rescuer team CPR
  6. 6. Relieving choking

HeartCode® – Part 1, must be completed within 90 days of initial log-in. Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the written exam, students receive a certificate of completion, which must be presented for Parts 2 and 3. In Parts 2 and 3, the student will demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS skills, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating AED use.

HeartCode® – Part 2, a hands-on skills practice session with an authorized HSF BLS Instructor within 60 days of completing Part 1.

HeartCode® – Part 3, hands on skills test with an authorized HSFC Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Instructor within 60 days of completing Part 1.

After you successfully complete all 3 parts, you will receive an HSF BLS course completion card, valid for one year.