Basic life support (BLS) is the type of medical care provided by health professionals to persons experiencing cardiac arrest, obstructed airway or respiratory arrest such as cases of choking and drowning. The procedures involved in BLS include relieving obstructed airway, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the use of automated external defibrillator (AED). The elements of basic life support include circulation, airway and breathing (CAB). Research places emphasis on providing chest compressions as the airway brings about delay which might cost the life of the victim.
It is always a good idea to be prepared in case of an emergency. Having a good understanding of how to perform CPR and BLS can be invaluable knowledge when it comes to saving a life.
Many of us are familiar with the basic concepts of CPRbut may not be as familiar with BLS. This article will explore both procedures so that you are familiar with the difference between BLS and CPR and have a better understanding of what each entail.
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: