What Is ASHI Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification And Why Do You Need It?



How familiar are you with the term Basic Life Support or BLS?


While most people may have heard of CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), when it comes to BLS, they are usually clueless. But how are CPR and BLS related? Is it the same or is one of the more advanced than the other? Let’s find out.


According to the American Red, BLS is the type of care provided by public safety professionals, health care providers and in some cases, qualified bystanders provided to a person experiencing life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital. Generally, BLS is provided to victims of cardiac arrest, respiratory distress or an obstructed airway. To provide the right first aid, certified professionals must be skilled in CPR using automated external defibrillators (AED) and relieving airway obstruction in victims of all ages.


In short, BLS is an advanced CPR course and certification designed for lay people, students and certified first responders and in some cases, medical personnel. Currently, the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) BLS certification course is available in Dubai at our Health and Safety Solutions (HSS) facility.


So who should sign up for an ASHI BLS Certification? In this blog, we will discuss more about BLS, who it is for and why it is important to get BLS certified.


Basic Life Support: Who needs it?


Sometimes, people may require immediate medical attention due to a life-threatening health condition, injuries from an unexpected accident or a deliberate attempt at taking life. Under such extreme circumstances, BLS must be provided in a timely manner by a certified caregiver to improve the victim’s survival rates until full medical help is available.


To help put things into perspective, here are some situations where the victims can be saved through BLS-

  • Cardiac arrest

When the heart fails to pump blood effectively, it causes a sudden loss of blood flow, leading to cardiac arrest. People experiencing a cardiac arrest may lose consciousness, show shortness of breath, experience chest pain, or nausea.

To resurrect a patient presenting cardiac arrest, defibrillation is the key. If a defibrillator is not available, the rescuer must keep the blood flowing by performing counted chest compressions and rescue breaths appropriate for the age to bring heart rhythm back to normal.

  • Respiratory arrest

Respiratory arrest is caused by apnea or respiratory dysfunction, leaving the victim with no measurable breathing. This often occurs in conjun