Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation of saving lives after cardiac arrest. It is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings, and teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills.
Who Requires a BLS Certification?
BLS certification is crucial for a range of healthcare and emergency professionals, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and EMTs. Non-medical personnel such as lifeguards, fire-fighters, and other professionals who may need to respond to a cardiac emergency should also consider BLS certification.
What to Expect on the BLS Exam and Skills Test?
The BLS exam tests both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You will be tested on the correct application of BLS algorithms, techniques for CPR, use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and management of choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.
BLS Updates from the American Heart Association (AHA) 2020 Guidelines
The AHA BLS 2020 guidelines emphasized the importance of chest compressions and early defibrillation. The recommended chest compression rate is now 100-120 per minute, with a compression depth of 2-2.4 inches for adults. The chain of survival has been updated to include mobile phone technology to activate the emergency response system.
BLS Practice Test 2023: A Mini Quiz
Below are 10 questions based on the BLS AHA 2020 guidelines, designed to prepare you for your BLS test 2023.
- What is the recommended depth for chest compressions in adults?
- What is the recommended chest compression rate?
- When should you use an AED?
- What is the first link in the updated chain of survival?
- How do you manage choking in an infant?
- How many rescue breaths should be given to an adult victim who has a pulse but isn’t breathing?
- What’s the correct ratio of chest compressions to rescue breaths for adults?
- How often should you switch the person giving compressions in a team resuscitation effort?
- What’s the first action you should take when you see someone collapse?
- How does mobile phone technology assist in the updated chain of survival?
- 2-2.4 inches
- 100-120 per minute
- As soon as it’s available
- Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
- Five back blows followed by five abdominal thrusts
- One breath every 5-6 seconds
- Every 2 minutes
- Check for responsiveness and call for help
- It enables a bystander to quickly call for help and activate the emergency response system using a speaker phone to keep your hands free.
Certify in BLS Online and Access Practice Tests to Prepare For Your Exam
Now that you have tested your knowledge with our BLS practice test, it’s time to take the next step. Check out Medical ProCerts’ accredited, AHA-compliant online BLS certifications at www.medicalprocerts.com. Our courses offer comprehensive preparation for your BLS test 2023, ensuring you’re equipped with the knowledge and skills to save lives.
In addition to our courses, we recommend downloading the BLS Algorithm course pack from https://medicalprocerts.com/bls-algorithms/. This course pack includes the most recent BLS algorithms based on the AHA BLS 2020 guidelines, offering you an invaluable resource for your exam preparation.
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