Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Manual


Provides lesson maps and information for teaching the classroom-based and blended-learning options for the Basic Life Support (BLS) course on an initial or a renewal basis. Each Instructor should have his or her own copy of the manual. 50 full-color pages (plus 16 lesson plans for the classroom-based course and 15 lesson plans for the blended-learning course), plus 6 page-divider tabs, 8 1/2″ x 11″. Formatted as a loose-leaf, 3-hole-punched manual that fits into a binder, plus an Instructor CD with supplemental information and tools. Based on the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

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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:

  • includes essential information and lesson plans Instructors need to teach the BLS course on an initial or a renewal basis, including the classroom-based and blended-learning versions
  • provides detailed lesson plans for teaching the BLS course (16 lesson plans for the classroom-based course and 15 lesson plans for the blended-learning course)
  • includes six page-divider tabs that make finding key sections quick and simple
  • includes an Instructor CD featuring supplemental information and tools:
    • Precourse Materials
      • Equipment List
      • Sample Precourse Letter to Students (Classroom Course)
      • Sample Precourse Letter to Students (HeartCode BLS)
      • Sample BLS Course Agenda
      • Sample HeartCode BLS Agenda
    • Course Materials
      • Adult CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist
      • Skills Testing Critical Skills Descriptors
      • Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist
      • Skills Testing Critical Skills Descriptors
      • Team Dynamics Diagram
      • Summary of High-Quality CPR Components for BLS Providers
      • BLS Lesson Plans
      • Blended BLS Lesson Plans
      • Life Is Why™ Activity Page

Manual is for use by American Heart Association BLS Instructors. Each Instructor must have his or her own copy of the Instructor manual for teaching the BLS course.

Dimensions and Specifications

8 1/2″ x 11″
50 pages (plus 31 lesson plans), with 6 page-divider tabs
Full-color, 3-hole-punched loose-leaf manual that fits into a binder
Includes an Instructor CD

Additional Supplies Needed for Operation

To teach the BLS course, you will also need:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Manual (item no. EC15-1010)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) DVD Set with Renewal Course DVD (item no. EC15-1079)

All required Instructor materials listed above are also available as part of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Package with Renewal (item no. EC15-1077).

Other supplies needed to teach the BLS course:

  • DVD player
  • training manikins

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Instructor CD available separately?
A: No, it is available only with the purchase of the Instructor manual.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 1 × 11 in


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