BLS stands for basic life support that relates to a CPR card normally reserved for healthcare providers. The reason why so many people get confused about what this is, is because their jobs tell them they need to get a CPR card but based on the job that you have if it’s in the healthcare field of some nature you will be required to have a BLS for healthcare provider CPR card.
So when you get a card it will say BLS provider but in all actuality it is a CPR card, get it? I Understand the confusion, below is an example of what the card will look like. On the last line in small writing it actually says CPR AED.
In 2016 the card changed from health care provider to BLS provider. BLS in essence would be based on a team resuscitation attempt, meaning two or more people are going to work together to save someone’s life doing CPR.
If someone were to come into the emergency room where their life is literally on the line, there could be five or more people working together on that victim to save their life.
- Someone may have to set up an IV give ACLS medications
- Someone may have to do compressions
- Someone may have to intubate the victim and do some rescue breaths
- There will be a doctor overseeing the situation
- Someone may be administering the difibulator
- Somebody will need to document the entire emergency response
In 2016 The American Heart Association came out with a new CPR video that discusses Team Dynamics. These Team Dynamics in essence are all about knowing your role before the emergency happens and knowing your limitations this is what BLS is all about.
Here at G medical CPR this is what we teach you but just to give you a heads up when your job ask you for a BLS card or a CPR card and we give you a CPR card that says BLS on top of it they are synonyms.
This is why we wrote this blog post just so you can understand the difference between BLS and CPR they are exactly the same, they’re just referring to a higher level of CPR where health care providers who may be in the high-risk environment will have to deal with CPR on a regular basis.
We’ve had students that do CPR every day of their job, they work in the emergency room and they give us feedback on how important these resuscitation the skills are