BLS – Basic life Support courses (CPR)

BLS refers to the basic first aid procedures that can be used to keep someone alive until the emergency medical services can get to the scene.

The most important skills are chest compressions to pump blood around the body, and rescue breaths to provide oxygen. The Chain of Survival describes a sequence of steps that together maximize the chance of survival following cardiac arrest.

  1. The first link in the chain is the immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and calling for help.
  2. The second is the prompt initiation of CPR.
  3. The third is performing defibrillation as soon as possible.
  4. The fourth is optimal post resuscitation care.

Like any chain, it is only as strong as its weakest link, so if one stage is weak the chances of successful resuscitation are compromised.

BLS courses are appropriate for clinical staff who wish to be proficient in the chain of survival.

The BLS course teaches the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify the causes and promote the prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest
  • recognition of cardiac arrest and calling for help.
  • undertake the skills of quality CPR and defibrillation (AED) and simple airway manoeuvres
  • The person who is unconscious and recovery position.
  • Choking and techniques to manage this.

Please contact Resuscitation Services on resesser@addenbrookes.nhs.uk for questions, booking and costing.

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