First Aid, AED, BLS - What's the Difference?

First Aid classes teach the basics of managing an injury or illness within the first few minutes of an incident occurring and until professional help arrives. The course would cover bleeding cessation, assisting with a possible broken bone or spine and ensuring the scene is safe.

AED courses instruct class participants in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator, a medical device that analyzes heart rhythm, and if necessary, delivers an electrical shock to restore the heart to its normal rhythm.

BLS or Basic Life Support classes provide the most comprehensive instruction on delivering medical care to a victim with a life-threatening illness /injury. BLS is usually administered by trained medical professionals, including EMTs and paramedics, until the patient can be given full medical treatment at a hospital.