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CPR Instruction at Blythedale

Blythedale Children’s Hospital is proud to be a Training Center for the American Heart Association (AHA) in both Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). Blythedale is committed to bringing its CPR program into the community, and teaching the skills of PALS and BLS to a broad audience.
We offer Heartsaver AED and Family and Friends course on the 2nd Saturday of each month. We offer the Healthcare Provider course on the 1st Wednesday of the month and the 3rd Saturday of the month.

All of Blythedale’s PALS and BLS instructors are AHA trained and our program is run in accordance with AHA rules and guidelines.

To register for a class, please contact Suzanne Bartlett at (914) 592-7555, ext. 71353, or via email .

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About BLS, the Chain of Survival and Blythedale’s Commitment to the Community
All BLS courses include videos and extensive hands-on practice led by AHA trained instructors throughout the course. Courses are based on the Chain of Survival. For infants and children, the Pediatric Chain of Survival is: Prevention > CPR >Activation of 911 > Early advanced care
The Adult Chain of Survival is: Activation of 911 > Early CPR > Early defibrillation > Early advanced care

The most crucial links in the Chain of Survival are taught in each course. As more people are trained in CPR, the stronger the Chain of Survival becomes for those in need.

CPR Training in our Schools and Greater Community
Blythedale is committed to strengthening the Chain of Survival in our community. Studies have shown that students who take CPR in school are more likely to continue to take update classes throughout their lifetime. Blythedale was the first Training Center to become involved in "CPR in the Schools” in Westchester, a course integrated into middle school and/or high school curricula. A student can receive certification in both Pediatric and Adult CPR, choking and AED training. We are currently working with five schools. In addition, we work with multiple agencies in the community such as fire and police departments, social service agencies, Pediatric urgent care and other hospitals.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Courses Offered by Blythedale
BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification Course
This course teaches CPR for all ages. Included is ventilation with a barrier device and ambu bag. Also included in the class is use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and relief of foreign body airway obstruction. This course is designed for healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. A certification card is issued upon successful completion.
  • Course length: 4 ½ hours
  • Cost: $75.00

CPR for Family and Friends
This course is designed for lay people and includes CPR and relief of choking. This course is designed to train individuals in these skills for their own personal knowledge and certification is not given upon completion. This program can be taken in three different ways:
  • All ages, 3.5 hour course. Cost: $50.00
  • Adult/Child, 2.5 hour course. Cost: $35.00
  • Infant, 1 hour course. Cost: $20.00

Heartsaver AED
This course includes Adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).Upon completion of this course a certification card is issued.
  • Adult/Child CPR and AED, 3 hour course. Cost: $60.00
  • Adult/Child CPR and AED with Infant, 4 hour course. Cost: $70.00
Heartsaver First Aid Course
This course teaches basic first aid and can be adapted to include different courses of CPR. This course is geared toward workplace requirements or personal knowledge.
  • Cost for the Basic First Aid Course is $55.00.
  • Prices will vary when taught with other programs (e.g. First Aid with Adult CPR; First Aid with Pediatric CPR). For further information, please call.
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
This course teaches you how to manage illness and injuries in a child until professional help arrives. Course meets requirements for preschools.A completion card is issued.
  • Cost: $60.00
  • Course Length: 4 hours This course can also be combined with CPR.
    • Infant CPR – up to one year old
    • Child CPR – one-year-old to puberty
    • Adult CPR –puberty and older
Prices vary according to additional courses. Courses can be arranged for groups of four or more people. All courses include study manuals. For further information, please contact Suzanne Bartlett at (914) 592-7555, ext. 71353, or via email .

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course was developed jointly by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Course Prerequisites:
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider card 
  • Completion of the Pre Course Self Assessment 
  • Registration must be completed at least two weeks before the course date.
PALS Provider Course
This is a two-day course for the first time participant or for students whose cards have lapsed. The course is held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The cost is $250.00 and includes manuals.

PALS Renewal Course
The renewal course is a one-day course. Participants must show a current PALS Provider card in order to participate. The cost is $125.00, or $155.00 with manuals.
For further information, please contact Suzanne Bartlett at (914) 592-7555, ext. 71353, or via email
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