The importance of learning Basic Life Support (BLS)

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.  Recommended by the CQC, our latest course can be found here – Basic Life Support Awareness

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.

Need to top up your BLS? For 2017 TutorCare offer an “Annual First Aid Refresher Course“.  The course is designed for those that have already completed either a three-day first aid at work course.  If you’ve never tried any of the above, now is the time to do so with a competitive quotes available from this website at the links highlighted above.

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Why is confidentiality so important in health and social care?

The issue of confidentiality is massively important in the field of health and social care. However, it is often seen as quite complex, which can lead to misapplication and misunderstanding. This is why each and every person working within the sector is recommended to take a care training course which focuses on the concept of confidentiality and all of the issues surrounding it.

The basics: what is confidentiality?

In relation to the health and social care sector, confidentiality relates to personal information about patients. Problems arise when it comes to deciding how this information should be shared in order to improve a patients care and for better communication amongst care staff.

The aim of a confidential care service should be to protect the patients information and restrict who has access to it. The patient should be informed what his or her information is being used for and who has access to it, and they should give consent for it to be used in this way.

However, confidentiality in care is not always as simple as that, particularly if the patient is unable to give consent for whatever reason. At TutorCare we offer a confidentiality in care training course that helps explain the finer points of legislation regarding this issue.

The course covers the following aspects;

  • What is confidentiality?
  • Why do we need to respect confidentiality?
  • Legislation, policy and procedure.
  • Information security breaches and how to manage them.
  • What does disclosure mean?
  • Philosophical and ethical issues.
  • Personal experience and practice.

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