BLS Heartsaver Course: 
Entry-Level CPR and First Aid for Choking

 This entry-level course offers guidelines for one-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The course includes information on first aid for choking. Other topics covered are the Chain of Survival, normal heart and lung anatomy and function, how to recognize a heart attack, stroke warning signs, and recommendations for prudent heart living.


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Intended Audience: General public, boys/girls clubs, and mass CPR training participants.

Course Length: 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Student Text: Basic Life Support Heartsaver Guide: A Student Handbook for CPR and First Aid for Choking


Card Type: Student attendance or participation card

Written/Skills Evaluation: None




BLS Heartsaver Plus Course

The Heartsaver Plus course is intended for lay providers who may be first responders to an emergency that requires the use of CPR and barrier devices. Heartsaver Plus covers the Chain of Survival, early recognition of a heart attack, and management of the victim who is experiencing a heart attack but who is not in cardiac arrest. It also covers rescue breathing, one-rescuer adult CPR, pediatric CPR, and management of foreign-body airway obstruction. 


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Intended Audience: Lay responders to cardiac emergencies in the workplace or other setting outside a hospital and whose jobs require completion of a written evaluation and successful skills performance.

Student Text: Heartsaver Plus

Card Type: Course completion card

Written/Skills Evaluation: Yes, both







BLS Heartsaver AED Course

The Heartsaver AED course teaches the basic techniques of adult CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator. Students also learn about using barrier devices in CPR and giving first aid for choking. The course teaches how to recognize the signs of four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and foreign-body airway obstruction.



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Intended Audience: Fire-
fighters, police, airline personnel, security guards, other laypeople, 
and those who may need to 
respond to a cardiac emergency.

Student Text: Heartsaver AED

Card Type: Course completion card

Written/Skills Evaluation:
Yes, both





BLS Heartsaver FACTS

The Heartsaver FACTS program is the first product of a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council. The Heartsaver FACTS course combines adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with basic first aid procedures. Students of this course will be taught how to perform adult CPR, relieve airway obstruction by a foreign object, use a barrier device during rescue breathing, use an AED, and provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses. Individuals who successfully complete the national cognitive and skills evaluations in accordance with the curriculum of this American Heart Association and National Safety Council course are eligible to receive the Heartsaver FACTS Course Completion Card.

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Intended Audience: The Heartsaver FACTS program targets lay responders, including firefighters, police, commercial airline crews, security personnel, employees in the workplace, family members of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death, and other laypersons.

Course Length: 7 1/2 to 8 hours.

Student Materials: Heartsaver FACTS


Card Type:Course completion card

Written/Skills Evaluation: Yes, both