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 External defibrillation and Post-Resuscitation Care
5. Know the Portuguese Emergency System.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Pedro Póvoa


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





O texto de referência é o Manual de Suporte Básico de Vida revisto e publicado pelo Conselho Português de Ressuscitação.

Teaching method

Seminar, classes and training; evaluation during training and MCQ

Evaluation method

The evaluation has 2 components:
1. Course BLS-lay person (0-12 points)   
2. MCQ test (0-8 points)*
* Important – it is necessary the frequency with success in the BLS layperson course to attend the MCQ test; it is also necessary to do the MCQ test to have the conclude with success the CU

Subject matter

BLS “Mass Training” (2 groups of +/-145 students; divided into morning and afternoon)
Given the public health situation associated with the COVID19 pandemic, SBV - mass training will not take place this academic year; its maintenance in the CU file results from the fact that this training event will be maintained in future academic years due to the evolution of the public health situation.
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 (presentation in e-learning, with the possibility of an online session to clarify doubts)
– The Portuguese Emergency System. Pre- and in-hospital emergency.
 – Survival Chain and post-resuscitation care.

According with the recommendations of the Portuguese Resuscitation Council, changes were made to BLS courses, with no more ventilations being carried out, only chest compressions; the courses were reorganized in order to adapt the number of students to the capacities of the EEHSFX rooms. Each course now has 2 hours with about 15 students (maximum) each.

BLS “lay person”
PROGRAM TYPE (student ratio: Monitor - 6:1)

Chain of Survival (theoretical support)
Risks to the rescuer

Basic Life Support
08:30 – 08:45 BLS Demonstration
08:45 – 09:15 Basic Life Support / practice and training    
09:15 – 09:45 Airway clearance maneuvers and LSP   
09:25 – 10:15 Basic Life Support / practice and training       
10:15 – 10:30 Meeting with Monitors and closing


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