Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCPR) has a significant impact on survival rates when performed on cardiac arrest patients outside of the hospital. To be the most effective, however, BCPR needs to be administered quickly and include the following events: immediately recognizing cardiac arrest, calling 911, performing CPR focused on chest compressions, and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED). CPR keeps blood flowing to the major organs of the body, including the brain, and using and AED will restart the heart. These procedures need to be performed immediately after the patient collapses because the chances of survival decrease rapidly with each minute that passes.
BCPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest patient’s survival rate, but unfortunately, most bystanders do not perform BCPR, even when they’ve been trained in the procedure. Less than half of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients receive BCRP. OHCA is the most common cause of death in the US and is among the most time sensitive medical emergencies. (more…)
We never imagine that we’ll find ourselves in a situation where we need to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or assist another person with any other basic life support (BLS) skills. In fact, these situations do occur and it’s better to be prepared for them so you know how to respond quickly and effectively. BLS training is essential knowledge for anyone to have so they are able to provide care to other people in an emergency. In addition to calling 911 for help, the following is an overview of some of the key skills that are covered in BLS training:
It’s important for children to have some knowledge of the key teachings from a basic life support (BLS) course, so they can help others who are injured or even save lives in emergency situations. Children are an eager audience and are receptive to learning the skills they need to provide first aid help to others. The age of the kids you are teaching will give you a sense of how in-depth the lessons should be, with general basics discussed for younger ages and more advanced BLS training taught to older kids and adolescents. There are several online resources that adults can access to supplement basic first aid training for children, including course materials, worksheets, interactive websites, and videos.