BLS Healthcare Provider

BLS ManikinsThe BLS for Healthcare Providers (HCP) course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (Adult, Child & Infant) including ventilation with a barrier device, a pocket facemask, and a bag valve mask device.

It also teaches the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the relief of Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO). This is the only Irish Heart Foundation/American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) course that certifies successful completion for healthcare professionals.

The BLS (HCP) course is the recommended Basic Life Support course for all Healthcare Professionals.


It is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including inhospital and out of hospital settings.

These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) Physicians, Medical Students, General Practitioners, General and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Managers and Staff Nurses, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Dentists, Respiratory Therapists, Cardiac Technicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff, Physiotherapists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Nursing Students, Care Assistants and other Allied Healthcare Personnel.

Eligibility Checklist

Healthcare professional

Course content

Instructor & DVD-led skills demonstration and practice sessions that include:

  • One and two rescuer Adult CPR
  • One and two rescuer Child CPR
  • One and two rescuer Infant CPR
  • Adult, Child and Infant recovery position
  • Adult, Child and Infant choking (conscious and unconscious)
  • Safe and effective use of an AED
  • Special considerations when using an AED
  • Use of face masks & bag-valve-mask devices
  • Skills group practice
  • Peer group practice


4.5 hours

Criteria for successful completion

  • Actively participate in, practice, and complete all skills and skills assessments
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance on manikins using the American Heart Association’s critical skills checklists while performing the following skills
  1. Adult & Child one rescuer CPR
  2. Adult two rescuer CPR with an AED
  3. Infant one and two rescuer CPR
  • Score 84% in the post-course MCQ
  • Adult & Child One-rescuer CPR
  • Adult & Child One-rescuer CPR with the AED


Participants who successfully complete the course, including the skills evaluation, will receive an American Heart Association / Irish Heart Foundation Healthcare Provider provider course completion card (credential). This accreditation is recognised in over 50 countries throughout the world


Our instructors come from an Irish healthcare setting and all remain in day-to-day clinical practice. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach. CODE BLUE is a registered and approved Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association training site. Course certificates are only issued to approved and registered training sites where the currently certified Instructors carry full public and professional liability insurance.

Course materials

Depending on our clients’ budget, we can offer…


  • The comprehensive HCP Course as outlined above
  • A Healthcare Provider Manual with CD
  • An individual resuscitation face mask for each participant


  • The comprehensive HCP Course as outlined above
  • Healthcare Provider practice sheets
  • An individual resuscitation face mask for each participant


  • The comprehensive HCP course as outlined above
  • Healthcare Provider practice sheets

CPD/CEU credits?

All Code Blue courses are eligible for CPD/CME points. The exact number of points you can claim depends on what your occupation/speciality is.

This course is eligible for up to 4.5 hours of face-to-face CPD.

More information on Medical Council and An Bord Altranais

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