Life is unpredictable at best. Even when we believe everything is within our control, accidents can happen. It only takes a few seconds for something as simple as a head bump or knife cut to life-threatening mishaps requiring immediate medical attention to happen. This is why it is important to have at least a basic understanding of CPR and other first-aid procedures.
But have you heard about BLS or Basic Life Support? Most people would answer no. However, BLS and CPR are a lot alike and are commonly given to save or prolong a life till medical help is available. So in this blog, we will understand more about BLS and 5 reasons why you should consider getting certified.
Basic Life Support (BLS) – What is it all about?
BLS is a type of care given to accident victims experiencing cardiac arrest or difficulty with respiration by first -responders, healthcare providers or public safety professionals. BLS requires knowledge of CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation with or without the use of AED (automated external defibrillators) and additional skills to identify and relieve airway obstructions in victims of all ages. In short, BLS can be considered as an advanced CPR course that prepares first -responders, healthcare providers and public safety professionals to act quickly and save lives.
BLS training is also very comprehensive and is designed primarily for healthcare providers and professional rescuers. At our health and safety training centre in Dubai, every rescue personnel who needs to perform CPR and other cardiovascular life support procedures is recommended to undergo our all-encompassing BLS course to be fully ready to provide support in the face of an emergency. Although the program is geared towards first-responders and medical professionals like EMTs, firefighters and paramedics, anyone who is interested can attend the training to get certified.
Why go for BLS training?
For most healthcare professionals and first responders, BLS training is mandatory to be able to join a workplace. However, when it comes to the general public, knowledge of BLS and first aid is an added advantage, helping them take charge of emergencies. In reality, having the right knowledge for providing BLS is an invaluable skill for anyone as it helps them stay in control of unforeseen situations.
Do you still doubt whether you should take BLS training? Here are 5 reasons why we urge you to reconsider-
- Ability to save a life
Studies show that 17 million deaths worldwide are due to cardiac arrests. Although we don’t have enough data on the same, many of these lives could have been saved if a person with BLS training was available on the spot. Most of the time when a medical emergency or an accident occurs, people panic and freeze, unable to think and do anything. But with BLS training, you will be physically and mentally prepared to act fast in case of an emergency or accident.
If a person is experiencing cardiac arrest, performing CPR at the right time will help preserve the individual’s brain function during the event. This ensures continued blood flow in the body, which in turn keeps them alive till medical help arrives.
- Make the patient/victim comfortable
Often, when people try to help a patient experiencing cardiac/pulmonary arrest or an accident victim, they tend to move or hold them in awkward positions that could be life-threatening. Rescue positions are of great importance in emergency scenarios like these to save a life. This is where BLS training comes in handy.
With the knowledge of first aid and life-saving skills, you will be able to increase patient comfort during a medical emergency. Knowing the proper techniques to hold the patient/victim and providing necessary care such as CRP or bandaging will help the former stay strong until they receive complete medical aid. Besides, if the care provider is calm and collected in the face of an emergency, it gives the victim/patient courage to stay less anxious and more at ease.
- Take control of situations
Emergencies can go from bad to worse in a matter of minutes. In most situations, the victims, as well as the onlookers, panic and go into a frenzy, which may worsen the symptoms of the former.
If a person with proper BLS training is present at the scene, he or she can take control of the situation and stabilize the victim until emergency medical services arrive. Being in that headspace is a tough job as only certified personnel can take the lead and be a valuable link in the chain of survival.
- Secure your family
Medical and other emergencies can occur anywhere- even at your home. This is especially true if you have elders or toddlers in your home. Studies show around 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals every year. Of these, 7 out of 10 happen at home. So if you are trained in BLS, there are better chances to save your loved one’s life. Prolonging your patient/victim’s life till medical help arrives increases the chances of their survival.
- Be a valuable individual in your community
A BLS certified rescue personnel is not only valued at home, but they are also an asset to the community. As cardiac arrests are highly common, having a person with basic life support knowledge in the vicinity will increase the victim’s chances of survival. If you are that person who people can rely on in the face of medical adversity, there is nothing more gratifying than you can give back to the community you live in.
What is all covered in BLS training?
BLS and BLS renewal training courses available at our facility cover the knowledge and skills required for safety personnel to act in face of sudden cardiac arrest, pulmonary arrest, obstructed breathing and choking. The course discusses in detail the chain of survival, primary assessment, chest compression, rescue breaths (with CPR mask, bag valve and other considerations), recovery position, CPR (for adults, child & infant), operation and troubleshooting of AED (Automatic External Defibrillators), team approach, legal and considerations.
The program includes 5 hours of training, written and practical examination. The course material is presented in an interactive format, requiring the participation and involvement of all trainees. So even if you are new to BLS, you’ll find this course highly informative and entertaining while preparing you to face worst-case scenarios. On completion of the course, you will receive the following certifications-
- International Certification from the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)
- Local accreditation with the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) and Trakhees-EHS
- Continuous Medical Education (CME) points are applicable for this training as certified by Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
All these certificates are valid for 2 years and are issued on the day of training to all trainees who complete the 5-hour course. If your certificate validity has expired, you can always attend a BLS renewal training.
Take the next step
Getting trained in BLS or any other health and safety courses will help you support and save lives in case of a medical emergency. If you want to do something meaningful in your life and be of service to society, join the BLS training program at our health and safety facility in Dubai today.