The Basic Life Support Course is designed for healthcare professionals and concerned citizens alike. BLS includes instructions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Unlike ACLS curriculum that is focused on adult patients and PALS, which is centered on infants and children, BLS includes treatment guidelines for infant, children, and adults. The materials also cover Relief of Choking, with interventions such as the Heimlich maneuver and back blows/chest thrusts.
While all healthcare professionals should be able to deliver High Quality CPR and Basic Life Support, others who may be interested in BLS certification are:
- School Administrators (who work in schools)
- Scout Leaders
- Public Pool and Playground Personnel
- Anyone who wants to save the life of their fellow man
BLS certification is a basic requirement in most dental, medical, and surgical facilities. Initial BLS certification is valid for two years, and certification renewal is required every two years. There have been some rather dramatic changes to BLS algorithms recently, so if you have not recertified since 2010, you should consider renewing.
What is the biggest hurdle facing a bystander who faces a life-threatening emergency?
Fear of getting involved
Fear of not knowing what to do
Fear of legal ramifications
Fear of making things worse
Are you afraid to deliver CPR? If you said ‘yes,’ sadly, you’re not alone. Seven out of 10 Americans do not feel prepared to deliver CPR. Two-thirds of cardiac arrests in young people are witnessed. If a bystander provides CPR, kids are over 3 times as likely to live as just calling EMS or 911. The same is true for adult victims—CPR doubles the chance that an adult in cardiac arrest will survive.
Basic Life Support saves lives, but everyone needs to know how to do it. Being certified in BLS will help you feel confident to respond with High Quality CPR if that unfortunate time ever comes.
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