Course Overview

BLS is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This video-based, Instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills.

After successfully completing the BLS course, students should be able to:

  • describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • describe all the steps of the Chain of Survival and apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • perform high-quality CPR on adults, children, and infants
  • describe the importance of early AED use and demonstrate using one
  • provide effective ventilations with a barrier device
  • describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.

Key Features and Benefits

This manual contains all the information students need to successfully complete the BLS course, and is also ideal for use as a reference tool before and after the course. Comes with an electronic version of the BLS reference card with content on:

  • Critical Concepts
  • BLS Healthcare Provider Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm — 2015 Update
  • BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for the Single Rescuer — 2015 Update
  • BLS Healthcare Provider Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm for 2 or More Rescuers — 2015 Update
  • Summary of High-Quality CPR Components
  • Relief of Foreign-Body Airway Obstruction

Each student must have his or her own student manual eBook.

NOTE: Prior to purchasing an American Heart Association eBook for a classroom-based course, students should check with their Instructor or Training Center Coordinator to ensure that mobile devices will be allowed in the classroom.

Please include an e-mail address when ordering. The access code and instructions on how to access the eBook will be e-mailed to you, usually within 1 business day. NOTE: This product is not eligible for the standard 30-day return policy.

Dimensions and Specifications

PC, Mac®, and iOS compatible

Additional Supplies Needed for Operation

Computer or device with Internet connection and a current Web browser


  • Internet Explorer, version 9.0 (partial support; some features may not work as expected), version 10.0 (full support), and above
  • Firefox, version 30 and above
  • Google Chrome, version 35 and above
  • Opera, version 23 and above


  • Safari, version 5.3
  • Firefox, version 18
  • Opera, version 23 and above

Note: For full functionality, use Flash, version and above

Offline viewing on PC or Mac:

  • iPublishCentral reader (download from the My Bookshelf page at
  • Adobe Air, latest version

Android tablet app:

  • Android 4.0 or later
  • Access to Google Play Market to download free AHA eBooks app
  • RAM 2GB
  • Available memory space: 500MB and above

iPad app:

  • Requires iOS 6.0 or later
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Available memory space: 500MB and above

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the return policy on eBooks?
A: All eBook sales are final. Please ensure that you are purchasing the correct title for your needs before placing your order, as eBooks may not be returned or exchanged. Please also confirm that computers or mobile devices will be allowed in the classroom before you order eBooks.

Q: How do I redeem my eBook access codes after I receive them?
A: Instructions for redemption will be e-mailed to you along with the access codes. (Please be sure to include an e-mail address when you order.)

Q: Can I print this eBook?
A: American Heart Association eBooks are not intended to be printed. Printing and copying restrictions apply.

Q: Does this eBook come with a reference card like the print edition does?
A: The eBook includes an electronic version of the reference card.


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