Everyone has heard of CPR, but not many know the differences between types of CPR training for healthcare professionals and rescuers. While all CPR training courses have the same goal, which is to teach the proper techniques to save an individual who is experiencing cardiac arrest.
The CPR course that you have to take will mostly depend on your job title and work environment, in which one of these courses may be more suitable for your occupational requirements than others. This article will outline the differences between CPR training courses, namely BLS training and ACLS training.
As its name suggests, the Basic Life Support (BLS) class offers training in the basic level of professional care for people undergoing cardiac arrest. The key objective of BLS Provider is to aid the patient during an emergency until EMS/advanced teams arrive at the scene for professional care.
The course mainly teaches scene safety and patient assessment, breathing, chest compressions, as well as how to use an AED and bag valve mask (BVM). The BLS Provider class teaches CPR for every age group: adults, teens, children, and even infants. This course is a requirement for professions such as EMTs, nurses, and also dental hygienists. Moreover, it should be noted that the BLS Provider course only teaches non-invasive techniques, which means that there are no needles or anything that cuts into the skin involved.
In the BLS Provider class, CPR in the presence of an advanced airway is discussed. However, it does not address placement of these advanced airways. Although the course is meant for healthcare professionals, anyone outside of the profession can also take BLS Provider training. The BLS class also does not provide First Aid training, but you can take separate First Aid training sessions. These classes address techniques to relieve choking, perform mouth-to-mouth breathing, and administer Naloxone as well.
ALS, short for Advanced Life Support, is often used interchangeably with ACLS, also known as Advanced Cardiac Life Support. True to its name, ACLS is a more advanced and sophisticated course that go beyond BLS Provider training. To elaborate, ACLS units can give injections, administer drugs, and place advanced airways, such as an Endotracheal tube, Laryngeal mask airway, and Esophageal-tracheal tube.
ACLS Providers can also be trained to use cardiac monitors and glucose testing devices as well. In addition, they can read and decipher electrocardiograms. They are also practiced in pharmacology and acute coronary syndromes. Also, ACLS Providers can perform as leaders of a resuscitation team, or a team responsible for reviving a patient from unconsciousness or apparent death. It should be mentioned that in order to complete the ACLS training, a background in basic medical knowledge is required. In other words, all BLS skills have to be acquired and mastered prior to starting ACLS training.
If you are not certain about which level of CPR training is required, then it is best that you consult with your supervisor or an academic institution. This is so that you will know for sure whether BLS training or ACLS training is required for you.
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