According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 17.7 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2015, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million were due to stroke.
The numbers do not lie, and with so many people around the world suffering from heart disease, it’s important to know what to do in the event of a cardiac or other life-threatening medical emergency.
What is Basic Life Support Training?
Basic Life Support (BLS) training is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest and many other life-threatening conditions. At HSS, we offer BLS training founded on the qualifications and criteria of the American Heart Association. Our BLS certification course trains participants to quickly and efficiently recognize a wide range of life-threatening cardiac emergencies.
BLS techniques are administered when a victim appears to be unconscious, choking, or suffering from cardiac arrest. The BLS techniques work to circulate a minimal amount of oxygenated blood throughout an individual’s body to minimise damage to organs and the brain in the event their heart stops beating. BLS techniques are administered while waiting for paramedics or first responders to arrive.
Who Needs BLS Certification?
While it is mandatory for every medical professional to obtain certification, BLS training is beneficial to everyone. Depending on your location and local regulations, medical providers including doctors, nurses, and first responders, such as firefighters and police officers, are typically required to obtain BLS certification. Other professionals such as child-care providers, nannies, school bus drivers, and those working with the elderly would also benefit from becoming BLS certified.
Employers may require their employees to hold a current BLS certification for a variety of reasons. It may be organisational policy, or it may be required to maintain a level of readiness by an auditing agency such as OSHA. The BLS certification requirement may also be as simple as decreasing liability in the event of a medical emergency on company property. Regardless of the reason, many employees across a wide range of industries are required to hold a valid BLS certification card.
HSS Basic Life Support Training
At HSS, our BLS training is structured on the recommendations of the American Heart Association. All training manuals and course materials are based on industry best practices, international standards, as well as regulatory requirements of local regulatory authorities. Additionally, our course is approved and certified by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) with 3.5 CPD points.
Trainees attending BLS certification will take part in active emergency simulations. They will learn how to:
Assess a medical emergency.
Confirm the patient’s airway is open and both breathing and circulation are sufficient.
Administer high-quality chest compressions and deliver appropriate ventilation (CPR).
Provide early use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely and effective manner.
Valid BLS certifications must remain current. By most guidelines, certification expires after two years. Once this happens, trainees will need to complete a recertification class. Both certification and recertification BLS training programs can be custom tailored to meet specific criteria for workplace environments.