Basic Life Support (BLS) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) are two critical components of emergency care that can be provided to a person experiencing cardiac arrest. Here are some basic information about BLS and AED:
1. Basic Life Support (BLS):
BLS is a set of medical procedures that should be performed on a person experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. The goal of BLS is to maintain the patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation until more advanced medical care is available. BLS techniques include performing chest compressions, providing artificial ventilation, and providing supplemental oxygen.
2. Automatic External Defibrillator (AED):
An AED is a portable electronic device that can automatically diagnose and treat life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, such as ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. AEDs are designed to be used by laypeople, and they provide voice prompts that guide the user through the process of using the device.
When used together, BLS and AED can significantly improve a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest. BLS is typically provided before an AED is used, and the AED is used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm if necessary.
It’s important to note that both BLS and AED require proper training and certification to use effectively and safely. If you’re interested in learning more about BLS and AED, consider taking a certification course.
This course is taught by very experienced instructors who have also worked on the proparamedics ambulances. This course is fully up to date with the latest Resuscitation council guidelines 2021