Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a short training course that is required of most clinical health professionals and public safety personnel. However, anyone can take the course who wants to learn basic life-saving skills. Just like the name suggests, it’s one of the most basic certifications to obtain for life-saving training. Parents, nannies, daycare workers, and others who have a career in the Child Care space will also benefit from BLS training.
You can attain your certification with a class from the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross, or through any other medical professional associations that provide such courses. The course may only take a couple of hours to complete, and you can take a hands-on class, and if you’re looking for more flexibility you can take a blended learning BLS course that combines an online portion plus hands-on skill session.
What You Will Be Taught In A BLS Course
Throughout the course, you will learn how to help revive, resuscitate, or support anyone who’s experiencing cardiac arrest or any kind of respiratory failure. Training will include CPR for infants, children, and adults as separate techniques since different procedures must be taken for each group.
No medical equipment is used, and no invasive procedures are taught. One of the main focuses of this class is what is called the “ABCs.”
Airway-Clearing out anything that’s blocking the airway to allow air to get to the lungs
Breathing-Ensuring that the lungs are filling up with air
Circulation-Make sure that blood is circulating through the body
During the BLS course, you will practice resuscitation exercises on a “dummy” and perform correct responses in role-playing emergencies. This is an essential part of the course because not only will you need to know what to do, but you will also need to learn how to remain calm as you are performing life-saving techniques. You will also be trained in evaluating a scene for safety, critical thinking in emergencies, and precautions that you should consider during a rescue and as well as the legal factors. Upon completion of all course requirements, you will receive a BLS Provider Course Completion Card that is valid for two years before needing re-certification.