According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 17.7 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2015, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million were due to stroke.
The numbers do not lie, and with so many people around the world suffering from heart disease, it’s important to know what to do in the event of a cardiac or other life-threatening medical emergency.
What is Basic Life Support Training?
Basic Life Support (BLS) training is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest and many other life-threatening conditions.
BLS techniques are administered when a victim appears to be unconscious, choking, or suffering from cardiac arrest. The BLS techniques work to circulate a minimal amount of oxygenated blood throughout an individual’s body to minimise damage to organs and the brain in the event their heart stops beating. BLS techniques are administered while waiting for paramedics or first responders to arrive.
Who Needs BLS Training?
BLS training is beneficial to everyone. Depending on your location and local regulations, medical providers including doctors, nurses, and first responders, such as firefighters and police officers, are typically required to obtain BLS training. Other professionals such as child-care providers, nannies, school bus drivers, and those working with the elderly would also benefit from BLS training.