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AMG Clinical Practice Resources: Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Welcome to the AMG Clinical Education Basic Life Support resource page.  BLS Certification is a bi-annual requirement for all clinical staff.  On this page you will find:

  • Explanation of why BLS is important
  • Instructions on how to register for BLS certification or renew BLS certification
  • A list of the VAM (voice assisted manikins) locations
  • The ministry fax number to fax E-card when received
  • Contact information for the Ascension Wisconsin Training Center

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                                              Sample of Old Hard Copy BLS Card                                                Sample of New eCard

Associate Access to their Certification Data
Associates can access their certification information (i.e. expiration date, required/preferred), through the Ascension Portal. 
Follow these steps:  
  1. Log in to or access through a desktop link 
  2. Click MyHR
  3. Click My Info
  4. Click My Personal Info
  5. Click Licenses


Benefits Of BLS Training

So if you’re wondering why I need BLS training for my position, listed are three great reasons!

  • 1. It saves lives. There’s no greater satisfaction than knowing you’ve helped save a life, that you’ve done your part to ensure someone still gets to come home to his family or be there for Thanksgiving.
  • 2. When you do basic life saving techniques such as CPR, you don’t actually restart someone’s heart. Rather, you help him or her keep the blood pumping throughout the body. That means oxygen gets into the brain as well. Since you only have 4 to 6 minutes after the oxygen has been cut off before brain damage starts, BLS helps keep the brain’s oxygen supply steady, keeping brain damage and other possible complications at bay.
  • 3. It ensures faster victim recovery. Administering BLS techniques early on makes a difference in the patient’s rate of recovery. The sooner you carry out CPR or resuscitation measures, the better the patient’s chances at recovery will be.
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HeartCode BLS is located on myLearning

As of December 1, 2020 for BLS:

  • Associates due for recertification beginning in December will be assigned the appropriate HeartCode program 60 days prior to their expiration
  • The 'request for access course' will be used sparingly for associates who may 'fall through the cracks' or new hires. It may take up to 5 business days for approval. Once approved, the HeartCode Curriculum appears on the associates to do list after midnight that same day.

Performance skills are completed on voice-assisted manikins (VAM) located at various hospitals throughout Wisconsin, many with 24/7 access

Please allow 30 - 45 minutes for VAM completion

Cards will automatically be issued upon completion of the evaluation in HeartCode Complete.

You will need to redeem your eCard from the AHA website. Print and fax to the Ministry Service Center (MSC) or download to your computer and email to the MSC.

Allow 7-10 days for the MSC to process. If your eCard is received late, you may be locked from Kronos and unable to work.

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This site is to obtain a replacement e-card after your original eCard has been issued.

Ascension WI Training Center Contact Information

Ascension Wisconsin phone and email support line (effective 08.19.19):


Provide your location and detailed needs. Someone will respond to your message within 1 business date, unless otherwise noted on voicemail. 

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