American Red Cross

Course Purpose for Basic Life Support and CPR/AED for
Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers 
The purpose of the American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course is to ensure that individuals with a duty to respond (public safety professionals and healthcare providers) have the requisite knowledge and skills to respond to patients who are experiencing respiratory and cardiac arrest and airway obstruction. The emphasis is on providing high-quality care integrating psychomotor skills with the skills of critical thinking and problem solving to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. The care steps outlined within this handbook are consistent with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCO R) 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) and the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers course is to teach those with a duty to act (professional rescuers and health care providers) the knowledge and skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies. This includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to care for a victim experiencing cardiac arrest

Participants in these courses may represent a broad range of backgrounds and differ in levels of education and experience. Participants may include: Public safety personnel, such as law enforcement agents and firefighters. Medical personnel, such as athletic trainers, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, nurses and physicians. Members of emergency response teams, such as ski patrollers and lifeguards. Employees with a duty to respond

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