Basic Life Support is the first line of defense against cardiac arrest for First Responders like Firefighters and Nurses. Because a higher level of training is required for performing these types of skills, a special type of training is needed to prepare them for these life saving moments.
It includes skills in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) which requires certain type of skillset to treat patients of almost any age .
One must keep in mind a few safety measures before exercising any sort of BLS:
- Judge the exact situation and decide whether there is any immediate help required or not
- Carry the correct personal protective equipment
- Understand the mechanism of injury
- Assess the number of patients
- Assess the initial condition of the patient
- Assess if there is any life-threatening injury or bleeding
There are number of processes that are included in the BLS course, including 13 modules giving major details about the training:
- CPR: Performing CPR varies from patient to patient. Hence the process will be completely different if it’s an infant or an adult. It is basically a process of reviving someone whose heart has stopped. During this training, you’ll get to know about various techniques of chest compressions, rectify circulation issues, proper strategy of mouth-to-mouth rescue, to revive the patient.
- AED: It is basically a device which can check the rhythm of one’s heart, and if required, it can send an electric shock to the heart to restore the normal rhythm of the heartbeat. In most of the cases, it is performed after performing CPR. It takes place in in all cases of cardiac arrest, including drowning, trauma or electric shock.
BLS training is important since it teaches some important life-saving techniques used on infants, adolescents and adults. They are trained to act in cases of life-threatening medical situations therefore trains students to safe lives using BLS techniques.
BLS Certification should not be overly expensive or lengthy, instead it should be engaging enough to keep the students interested in the subject matter being taught.
The BLS certification is available from the American Heart Association (AHA). This certification is valid for two years.