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The Importance of Basic Life Support Training

The Importance of Basic Life Support Training

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by Greta Kviklyte

Life Saver, AMC
Co-authored by Kim Murray, RN, M.S.

posted on Nov 5, 2013, at 9:53 pm


Basic Life Support (BLS) is a level of first-aid resuscitation that can be used in emergency situations until victims are placed into the care of medical professionals. BLS techniques can be used when victims appear to be choking, drowning, unconscious or suffering from cardiac arrest. Knowing the proper steps in providing BLS can be the difference between life and death.

This type of medical training is essential for medical professionals, and is usually required for those with jobs as teachers, daycare providers, social workers and security guards. However, it’s not limited to only these professions. With nearly 50% of heart attack deaths occurring outside of a hospital, it is up to a bystander to know when it’s appropriate to perform BLS, thus making it extremely important that they have knowledge of what skills need to be performed.

Advanced Medical Certification offers courses with certification/recertification for Basic Life Support training. And while it is essential in every medical professionals first aid training to obtain certification in BLS, it benefits everyone to learn.

About Greta

Greta loves travelling, exploring new countries and cultures, enjoys making healthy desserts, hiking, camping and being close to nature. She graduated from Vilnius University with a degree in Marketing and Global Business and studied in Slovakia, Portugal as an exchange student, and is currently residing in Vilnius, Lithuania

  1. Caden Dahl says:

    As you said here, this training is essential for medical professionals. I do think that everyone should take this type of training as you never know when you’d need it. I’ll probably look more into it as I am interested in taking a course.

    1. Mackenzie Thompson says:

      We are happy to hear you are interested in taking a BLS course to be prepared if an emergency were to arise!

  2. Claire Masters says:

    I do agree that jobs dealing with people, such as medical staff, teachers, security guards, should have BLS training. I personally think even restaurant staff like baristas and waiters should undergo these types of training since they deal with people daily. It would be great for trainers to offer courses tailored to a specific profession.

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