Unexpected cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time. Statistics show that out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has an average global incidence among adults of 55 OHCAs per 100,000 people every year, of which 75 to 80% happen at home. Studies further show that 95% of these sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching hospitals, making it a major public health challenge.
A sudden cardiac arrest occurs due to an abnormal heart rhythm that is medically termed ventricular fibrillation (VF). A cardiac arrest can also happen if a person suffers a heart attack or as a result of an accident such as near-drowning or electrocution. During a cardiac arrest, the victim suddenly collapses and becomes unresponsive to their name and gentle shaking. Immediately afterward, their normal breathing will also stop, and may not breathe, cough, or move even after two rescue breaths.
This is where medically trained first responders with Basic Life Support or BLS training come in. If these cardiac arrest victims receive effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) immediately after the cardiac arrest, it doubles the victim’s chance of survival by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. The procedure also increases the amount of time that an electric shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED) stays effective in jump-starting the heart. To impart proper care and ensure the patient’s survival, rescue professionals and healthcare providers should have BLS training. Having a valid certification also helps to stay relevant and helpful in their professions.
So what is BLS training? How does it help rescue professionals and healthcare providers in their professional field? In this blog, we will discuss more about BLS and how it benefits first responders as well as society.
Understanding Basic Life Support (BLS)
BLS is a CPR certification program that provides a higher level of training that is required for healthcare and rescue professionals. Compared to CPR and first aid training courses open to the general public, this particular certification program is much more comprehensive and covers a wider range of topics.
At our health and safety solutions training facility in Dubai, we provide BLS training for healthcare providers that are certified by the American Safety & Health Institute and locally recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and DCAS. Additionally CPD points are awarded to the professionals who complete the training by Dubai Health Authority. This program is tailored for individuals in the healthcare field or those in the professional rescue field that are required to have professional-level BLS training.
During the program, the trainees will learn how to respond and tend to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest, provide early defibrillation, understand the chain of survival, primary assessment, recovery position, provide chest compression and rescue breaths using CPR mask and bag valve, other considerations when providing rescue breathing, providing CPR for adults, child and infant, operating and troubleshooting AED, identifying choking and airway obstruction, understanding emotional and legal consideration and working in a team approach. The training is for 5 hours and is presented in an interactive format using DVD presentations and practical scenarios. Following the training, the trainees will have a written and practical examination to ensure that they have mastered the knowledge and skills required to go on the field. The course has accreditations from International Certification from the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) and local accreditation with the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) and Trakhees-EHS. Continuous Medical Education (CME) points are given to the trainees for this training as certified by Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The professional trainees will receive the certificate on the same day of training on clearing the examination. The BLS certificate is valid for 2 years.
With this understanding, let us learn how this training will help healthcare providers and rescue professionals at their job.
The many benefits of BLS
Getting trained in BLS comes with some professional and social benefits. Let us examine them.
Makes you confident and proactive
As a healthcare provider/ rescue professional, the most important part of your profession is to recognize the signs of medical distress in people and assist them accordingly. Many times, your effective action will be a matter of life or death. To provide vital care to your patient, you need to have the right knowledge and essential skills. By enrolling for a BLS training course, your confidence to face such high-pressure, time-sensitive situations will increase. You will be able to act quickly and with the presence of mind in the face of an emergency requiring life-saving measures such as CPR.
Being confident in your line of work will help you be assertive and take control of a situation. You will give utmost importance to your patients’ well-being, giving the best medical and emotional support, thereby saving lives.
Increases your awareness and preparedness
The BLS training is very essential in your line of duty as a medically trained first responder as it keeps you aware of your surroundings and prepared to face all kinds of situations without panicking. You will be able to take control and handle an emergency regardless of having all the necessary equipment, ensuring patient comfort. These skills can come in handy at work, on the road, or even at home.
Being trained in BLS will offer you support and manage disasters like road accidents or natural calamities the right way. You feel that you are ready to spring into action anytime, anywhere, and to the best of your capabilities.
Makes you a valuable employee and member of the society
As a candidate for a healthcare or rescue department job, having BLS training will increase your value as an applicant. Sometimes, employers may even ask for the certification as their eligibility criteria. If the employer is looking for someone with the expertise of a nurse or paramedic, you are more likely than others without training to get hired into an emergency response team. Your ability to assess a situation, perform CPR and rescue breaths, and use an AED when necessary, without any supervision will make you an asset to any team. Your potential employer will be more than happy to have you on-board and see you in action if you already have the required knowledge and skills to provide BLS.
At the same time, you are also valuable to your society as a skilled emergency responder. Even people outside of your professional circle will wish to have your presence and support in case of a medical emergency. With BLS training, you will be a sought-after employee and a favored acquaintance to people around you.
Getting trained in BLS will be a feather in your cap in many ways. You will not only be equipped to handle emergencies in your role as a healthcare provider/rescue personnel but also add value to your team and the community you work in. So get your BLS certification from our health and safety solutions facility today.