What is BLS Certification?

November 05, 2020

BLS Basic Life Support certification

According to the statistics from the American Heart Association, there are more than 356,000 patients of cardiac arrest who are out-of-hospital patients. Despite important advances in research and prevention, nearly 90% of all these out-of-hospital cardiac arrests lead to death.

The major treatment goal of sudden cardiac arrest is to maintain proper blood flow to the heart and brain so that there are proper blood supply and minimum effects on the brain due to no or less perfusion. High quality CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the primary vehicle in which trained bystanders can provide perfusion until medical service professionals arrive to administer advanced life saving techniques.  The odds are greatly improved of a person experiencing cardiac arrest when CPR is administered effectively.

BLS (Basic Life Support) certification provides specialized high-quality CPR training to healthcare providers, first responders, public safety professionals and others. This training provides more in-depth coverage of CPR fundamentals and also provides a greater depth of basic medical knowledge which includes not only CPR but also rescue breathing and how to treat those with an obstructed airway. BLS certification also provides individuals with the confidence to be able to handle a medical emergency with the skill to help save lives.

There are 3 main components of BLS:

  1. Initial assessment
  2. Airway maintenance
  3. CPR

The American Heart Association lists four steps(which is part of the chain of survival) needed to resuscitate someone who has collapsed:

  1. Recognize the emergency and take the appropriate steps to call emergency medical services
  2. CPR should be administered by a bystander as early as possible to prevent a delay in treatment until emergency medical services has arrived
  3. Resuscitation will require you to use a defibrillator, if it is appropriate to do so. These devices send an electric shock to the heart to restore a person’s regular heartbeat if it stops. Defibrillators also can prevent or correct irregular heartbeats.
  4. Be prepared to offer advanced life support, such as cardiac monitoring and post-resuscitation care. People with BLS certification can perform the first three steps, the fourth step must be left to medical professionals.

If you are a healthcare provider, first responder, public safety officer or even a student of one these professions it is highly likely that you will be required to have and maintain BLS certification.  It is important that you choose the right course and resource to obtain this certification. 

The reality is there are many options for people wanting to earn their CPR certification.  There are some legitimate certifications such as the Red Cross, EMS and ASHI. There are some others that are not so legitimate. While the Red Cross and the others promotes heart health research, the American Heart Association are the researchers, statisticians, and providers of information regarding mainstream heart health, cardiac arrest and resuscitation statistics. Other organizations also use AHA information to create their own CPR guidelines. 

It is not uncommon to see other organizations state on their cards and in their advertising “…training consistent with the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR…”  indicating that they base their training methods on those established by the AHA.

In-arguably, as a result of their evidence-based guidelines and training, the American Heart Association courses go more in-depth then their CPR certification counterparts.

The American Heart Association has the most widely recognized and accepted certification courses in the United States.

The AHA BLS /CPR / AED & First Aid certification is the leading standard.

Hands & Hearts CPR in Yuma, AZ offers AHA BLS certification with a hands-on skills component so you will be confident in your ability to apply the life saving steps you will learn in our courses.

For more information contact us at (928) 366-9428 or visit at www.hnhcpr.com