If you are a medical professional, you are probably basic life support (BLS) certified. BLS certification is typically a requirement for healthcare staff.
While BLS is necessary, learning the material and then taking the test to pass can feel nerve-wracking. Here we break down the importance of BLS training, what BLS training entails, and some additional tips.
What is BLS Training?
BLS is basic life support training. The American Red Cross explains that BLS training equips first responders, healthcare responders, public safety professionals, and other trained individuals to assist with various medical conditions. These conditions include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Cardiac arrest
- Obstructed airway
- Respiratory distress
BLS-certified individuals understand the basics for assisting with the medical conditions listed above. They are also trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relieving airway obstructions in patients of all ages.
BLS Training and Advanced Training Options
While some positions may require only BLS training, others require training beyond the initial certification. BLS certification can be viewed as a prerequisite in these circumstances. And once you receive your BLS certification, it is typically good for two years.
Other lifesaving certifications that require BLS training first include:
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
Whether you work in critical care, the operating room, or a long-term care facility, you’ll need to understand the basics of BLS. And if you do work in a high-acuity setting, such as the intensive care unit, you will likely need to complete additional training, such as ACLS.
BLS Course Options
Different healthcare organizations will likely have different policies on how you can complete the BLS certification course. The course could be entirely online and use medical mannequins to simulate CPR techniques. Or, the course may be fully in-person or in a hybrid format.
If you prefer to take the course in person or online, check with your supervisor to see if your preferred option is available.
If you are a healthcare professional, keeping your BLS certification up to date is essential. Even if you never have to use your BLS skills in the healthcare setting, you may utilize them in public.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 350,000 people in the United States experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest yearly, and only about 40% of those individuals receive the help they need.
By staying up to date with your BLS certification, not only do you meet employment requirements for your role, but you also learn skills to help keep people alive both in the workplace and in public.
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