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CPR and Basic Life Support

12 CPR MethodsIn this module students will learn all aspects of adult and pediatric BLS rescue, including concepts behind why certain procedures are used. This module is intended to give students a strong foundation in CPR and BLS to help prepare them for BLS certification.

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Phase 1: Explore


Exploration Activity: Review Lab Equipment

In this activity, students demonstrate the proper use and care of the lab equipment such as CPR mannequins, PPE, and an AED.

Phase 2: Learn & Practice


Unit 1: Introduction

In this unit, students will learn about Basic Life Support (BLS) and why it is important. Students will also learn statistics surrounding cardiac arrests in the United States and the chains of survival. In addition, students will understand general aspects of cardiac arrests, such as how defibrillation helps and what are shockable rhythms.


  1. Why Learn Basic Life Support?
  2. Basic Life Support


Unit 2: Adult BLS

In this unit, students will learn how to perform one- and two-person adult BLS rescues and high-quality adult CPR; the importance of teamwork during a rescue; how to use an AED on adults and older children; and how to recognize and handle opioid overdose emergencies.


  1. Introduction to Adult BLS
  2. Procedure for One-Person Adult Rescue
  3. Procedure for Two-Person Adult Rescue
  4. High-Quality Adult CPR
  5. AED for Adults and Older Children
  6. Opioid Overdose Emergencies


Unit 3: Pediatric BLS

In this unit, students will learn how to perform one- and two-person pediatric BLS rescues, how to perform high-quality pediatric CPR, and how to use an AED on pediatric victims.


  1. Introduction to Pediatric BLS
  2. Procedure for One-Person Pediatric Rescue
  3. Procedure for Two-Person Pediatric Rescue
  4. High-Quality Pediatric CPR
  5. AED for Infants and Younger Children


Unit 4: Airway Obstruction

In this unit, students will learn about airway obstructions and how to identify a choking victim; clear airway obstructions; administer abdominal thrusts and back blows on adults and children; and back blows and chest thrusts on infants.


  1. Introduction to Airway Obstruction
  2. Choking Relief for Adults and Children
  3. Choking Relief for Infants

Unit 5: Learning Activities

In this unit, students have the choice of two learning activities to practice what they have learned in the module. In the first activity (One-Person Adult Rescue), students must choose the correct actions to save a man who has suffered a cardiac arrest. In the second activity (Review Challenge), students test their BLS knowledge using a Jeopardy-style game.


  1. One-Person Adult Rescue
  2. Review Challenge

Phase 3: Reflect


Activity: Reflection Questions and Discussion

In this activity, students reflect about and discuss various aspects of cardiac arrest and basic life support during cardiac arrest events.

Phase 4: Reinforce


Activity: Emergency Scenarios

In this activity, students create emergency scenarios that require Basic Life Support care. The students then must list the actions required to handle the emergencies.


Activity: Current Event

Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.

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