Basic Life Support (BLS) is a level of medical care used in emergency, life-threatening situations until the victim can be cared for professionally by a team of paramedics or at a hospital. It can help people who are choking, drowning or are suffering from cardiac arrest, and it can make the difference between life and death for some people.
BLS is included in all first aid training courses, along with related life-saving techniques and procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). As well as for members of the emergency services, this sort of first aid training can be particularly useful for people employed as teachers, daycare providers, health and social care workers and even security personnel.
At a very basic level, BSL involves securing the proper circulation, airways and breathing of the patient to keep them alive until an ambulance or other medical professional can arrive on the scene.
You will also learn about other important measures on a first aid training course, such as the recovery position and the correct use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) device. In some cases, it may be necessary to take a separate AED training course.