One of the leading causes of death in the US is heart disease. With more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occurring outside a hospital each year, the importance of BLS (Basic Life Support) skills has risen considerably. A BLS session teaches you the required skills and how to remain calm, composed while dealing with a real-life medical emergency. Equipped with the appropriate skills, you can use your BLS training to potentially save someone’s life. A major part of BLS is CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a life-saving process which keeps oxygen flowing in and out of the lungs and keeps pumping the heart to get blood circulating. Failure to provide immediate, effective treatment to the patient, can result in death within minutes.
A session of BLS involves no invasive procedures or medical equipment. A BLS course comprises ensuring three key points, which are as follows:
- Circulation: ensure that blood is circulating through the whole body.
- Airway: clear any blocks from the airway to enable air to flow to the lungs
- Breathing: make sure that the lungs are filling up with air.
How to Do It?
It might be easy to understand theoretically, but giving CPR in a real-life situation can be quite challenging for non-medical personnel. This is why, a structured medical course can help you understand how to use your skills in the right way, at the right time.
- Kneel next to the patient’s chest.
- Place the palm of one hand over the other hand in the middle of the chest.
- Completely extend your arms
- Push down firmly at a 90° angle (put your shoulders into it), and after the push release your pressure completely. This is considered one compression.
- Post doing this, try to aim for 100 or more compressions per minute when tending to the patient.
The Importance of CPR
At Eminent CPR, you are taught how to administer CPR for infants, children and adults. Unsure of whether you should opt to learn CPR or not, the below-mentioned reasons can help you reach a decisive decision.
- You Get To Save Lives
One of the most obvious reasons for learning CPR is that you can save lives. Even if you’re familiar with only the basics, it can be sufficient enough to help circulate the patient’s blood until you can get emergency medical services on the scene.
- Get To Be More Confident When Tending To Emergencies
It is common for everyone to go into a panic mode when there’s an emergency. Given that you aren’t a medical professional, you can feel incapacitated when tending to a distressed patient. Despite having a vague idea of how to do CPR, you can suddenly forget everything if you’re faced with a real-life scenario of someone facing a cardiac arrest. However, with CPR training, you can confidently administer the required procedure.
- You Get To Keep Your Family Safe
Most cardiac arrests happen at home. Whether it is your older, frailer relatives or younger-healthier relatives, anyone can experience a cardiac arrest. Thus, if you know CPR, you can increase their chances of survival or stop the possibility of brain death, as brain death leads the person to not survive without any artificial life support.