Category: CPR

Why are there Different Versions of BLS?

HCP Course

Do you need to take an ACLS class in the next year? Do you need airway management training and/or oxygen therapy? Confused as to why Link2Life offers 3 different certifications for the same level of BLS? Then read on!

Heart & Stroke Foundation

The Heart & Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support Provider is the only recognized prerequisite to ACLS. This program is heavily video based, where you watch and follow along with the presented steps. This style ensures teaching and course delivery are consistent among providers. Skills testing and a written test are completed at the end of the day to evaluate what you learned. The class is fine tuned for In-Facility Providers and Pre-Hospital Providers.

  • Name: Basic Life Support Provider (BLS Provider)
  • Certificate Distribution: Electronically, unless a print certificate is requested. Print certificates $5+tax.
  • Expiration: Valid for 1 year
  • Test style: Multiple choice

Lifesaving Society 

Basic Life Support Responder CPR/HCP with AED training is designed for Health Care Providers such as doctors, nurses, paramedics and others who work in a health care setting. In addition to all CPR C level skills, participants are taught how to work as a multi-person team, do simultaneous assessment of breathing and pulse, stand alone rescue breathing and how to use the bag valve mask.

  • Name: Basic Life Support Responder CPR/HCP with AED
  • Certificate Distribution: Electronic only
  • Expiration: Valid for 1 year
  • Test: No written test

Red Cross 

This program was re-vamped in 2019 to create a much more in-depth health care provider option than the previous CPR-HCP program. The BLS program is unique in providing pre-hospital/in-hospital flexibility for the majority of healthcare settings. This program is delivered with new power points, booklets and in-class skills sessions and covers working in high performance teams, the use of the bag valve mask, single rescue with optional airway and oxygen add ons.

*Note that Link2Life currently only provides the basic BLS level – the airway management and oxygen component is provided by private request only.

  • Name: Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Certificate Distribution: Electronic only
  • Expiration: Valid for 1 year
  • Test style: Multiple choice

Interested in attending a class? Please register here.

How to Deal with Zombie Withdrawal using Emergency Preparedness

Are you going through a post-Halloween zombie withdrawal? Imaginary zombie attacks are great tools to encourage people to be prepared for anything!

The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation made a short zombie movie – The Undeading – to highlight the ease of Compression-Only CPR. You can also check out their website for more information and behind-the-scenes details!

Following along the same lines, visit the provincial Emergency Info website to check out Zombie Preparedness Week, a campaign run in 2012 to prepare BC residents to deal with zombies… or flooding, earthquakes or tsunamis!

Prefer your emergency training with less rotting flesh? Visit Emergency Management BC!

If you’re bookmarking links for later, here are the three main steps of Emergency Preparedness:

1 – Know The Risks In Your Area

Is it flooding? A landslide? An earthquake?

2 – Make a Plan

Find the safe exits from your home and neighbourhood, plan a meeting spot to reunite with family and friends, and pre-arrange an out-of-province contact for check-ins so friends and family will know you’re okay.

3 – Get an Emergency Kit

At Link2Life, we now carry a variety of products – including First Aid Kits and Emergency Preparedness Kits from Clearly Prepared. These First Aid Kits are perfect for home, office and travel, and Emergency Preparedness Kits hold all of the basic requirements to get you through the first 72-hours after an emergency. From mild to severe, these kits ensure you will be prepared for anything from a paper cut to an earthquake. Do you drive to work everyday? Take a look at the First Aid Kit! Think your office could benefit from a few first aid essentials? Check out the First Aid Kit! Have a neighbour or partner who has decided to take it upon themselves to do their own remodelling? A First Aid Kit might be just what Santa ordered.

Every municipality has its own location-specific plan, visit the links below for more information:

Interested in learning how to effectively use an Emergency or First Aid Kit? Take a Link2Life Standard First Aid class to learn more!

Mechanical vs. Electrical – How an AED Actually Works

How an AED Actually Works

If you’ve taken a CPR or First Aid course recently you’ve probably noticed a new addition to all of our programs – the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). What exactly this little machine does, and why and when we use it may seem a little overwhelming if you’re new to it, so I thought I’d write a series of posts all about how an AED actually works to help clarify things. Let’s start off by talking about how the heart works.

Decoding CPR

decoding cpr training

There are three main levels of CPR: CPR level A, CPR level C and CPR level HCP (Basic Life Support). While we receive many questions regarding CPR, the most common questions from those new to the field are: What do the A, C and HCP signify? And which level should I take? Broken down for your convenience are the answers below!

Is an Infant CPR Training Course for you?

child and infant cpr

Are you a new mom? A new dad? New grandparent? Or are you just inordinately excited about your close friend’s expectant child? If so, Link2Life’s Infant CPR Seminar is for you! Come join us and learn about everything from child-proofing your home and traveling with infants to how to prevent choking and common emergency issues with youth.