Basic Life Support


After the Basic Life Support course students will:

  1. Know the Chain of Survival;
  2. Identify a collapsed victim, knowing how to assess the responsiveness, proceed with assessment of the airway and check if the victim is breathing;
  3. Perform chest compressions;
  4. Know the Portuguese Emergency System.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Pedro Póvoa


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language






Teaching method

Seminar, classes and training

Evaluation method

The evaluation has 3 components:

1.       BLS mass training (0-2 points)                                                 

2.       Course BLS-lay person (0-10 points)                                     

3.       MCQ test (0-8 points)*

* Important – it is necessary the frequency with success in the BLS layperson course to attend the MCQ test


Subject matter

BLS “Mass Training” (2 groups of +/-145 students; divided into morning and afternoon)

a)      introduction to the project - 10min

b)      expository session (review of Basic Life Support algorithm) - 20min

c)       practice and training with dummy - 90min

d)      individual assessment of each candidate - 30 to 40 minutes

e)      final plenary session and closure - 10min


Seminar - The Portuguese Emergency System. Pre- and in-hospital emergency.

                    Survival Chain and post-resuscitation care.


BLS “lay person”

PROGRAM TYPE (student ratio: Monitor - 6:1)


08:30 to 08:35    Introduction

08:35 to 08:45    Chain of Survival (theoretical support)

08:45 to 09:10    Risks to the rescuer


Basic Life Support

09:10 to 09:20    Airway clearance

09:20 to 09:30    Basic Life Support Algorithm

09:30 to 09:50    Break

09:50 to 10:00    Demonstration

10:00 to 12:40    Basic Life Support / practice and training

12:40 to 12:50    Meeting with Monitors

12:50 to 13:00    Closing and evaluation


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