BLS 2020 Updated Guidelines: What Do I Need to Know?

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BLS 2020 Updated Guidelines: What Do I Need to Know?

The American Heart Association’s Changed the BLS and CPR Guidelines

The American Heart Association has changed the guidelines for BLS as of 2020. This is part of the 5-year cycle in which the AHA, taking leading research from the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation (ILCOR), updates their materials reflective of intensive evidence-based research undertaken by leading medical researchers in the cardiopulmonary resuscitative field.

These changes have been made available to healthcare providers, instructors, and students and can be accessed and learned through taking courses online or in-person. The changes are focused on a faster and more effective response to cardiopulmonary emergencies in both adult and pediatric victims.

It is important that all healthcare providers educate themselves on these changes. This article will show you why and how to train or re-certify in BLS to get you up-to-speed on the latest BLS guidelines so you can keep your job or get that dream ob (find out if BLS is a job requirement for you by reading this article)!

What Are the Reasons Behind the Changes to BLS?

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Rescuer demonstrates the thumb-encircling technique on an infant dummy.

The AHA 2020 guidelines update is important because it will increase the chances of survival for people experiencing cardiac arrest. These are are-evidence based changes, developed by leading medical professionals, to ensure a lower mortality rate in a cardiopulmonary emergency than in previous years.

Some of the new guidelines includes

  • Emphasizing the importance of lay-rescuers initiating CPR
  • Pediatric compressions–to–breaths ratio changing from 30:2 to 15:2 when two rescuers are present (see our Pediatric Life Support and Infant BLS blog posts to learn more!)
  • Emphasizing the use of speakerphone when calling EMS while alone
  • Emphasizing “recovery” as an essential new step in the Chain of Survival

These changes are intended to better align with BLS’s ultimate goal of saving as many lives as possible. Read more on how BLS saves lives here.

How to Prepare for This Change with an Online BLS Certification or Recertification Course

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The Medical ProCerts Basic Life Support (BLS) certification teaches medical providers and first-responders the basic steps of CPR and rescue breathing for adults, children and infants. This comprehensive online BLS course was specifically developed to create an affordable, informative, user-friendly experience to help you simply certify without having to train in-class.

Our courses are designed in accordance with the most recent guidelines detailed in these and other cardiopulmonary resuscitation organizations’ standards.

Medical ProCerts BLS Certifications are:
  • Good for first-time BLS certification
  • Also designed for BLS recertification
  • Completed at Your Own Pace 100% Online
  • Valid for 2 Years
  • AHA & ILCOR Compliant
  • Employer Approved

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