Basic cardiac Life Support or BCLS as it is popularly known is a kind of medical support given to people suffering from cardiac problems till the proper treatment can be given. The BCLS is not the treatment or cure for cardiac problems. These are simple steps taken to help ease the patient’s suffering till professional help arrives.
To provide BCLS support to anyone, you need to be certified in this field. There are many hospitals and universities that offer the BCLS certification programs where you can enroll and get this training. The course can last anywhere between 4 hours to 2 day long training.
While there are not pre qualifications required for this training, some of the most common people that take this course are Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, Licensed Vocational Nurse and Director of Nursing. The organizations that employee these people include hospitals, companies – private and public, federal, state and local governments, colleges, universities, non profit organizations and schools.
The course generally trains the people on the common CPR skills for adults as well as infants. People who just collapsed or have a foreign body in the airway too can be treated with BCLS training. There are different scenarios depending on whether the person is conscious or unconscious, the age, physical structure and other aspects. The certification will train people on all these aspects.
Getting these basic certifications generally varies from country to country. While the basic steps are kind of the same universally, there may be some minor changes based on the procedures approved by the local government. So if you want to practice BCLS professionally in any country, you need to get a certification from that country.
To get the certification you need to attend theory courses in the classroom. Besides this there are some practical training sessions too. Depending on the certification scope and the course syllabus you could be taught saving people from choking, people who collapse suddenly, people who are shocked and other such commonly encountered situations. Some courses will also offer Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) operation options too. To pass the exam you need to get through written exam and a practical test. Some institutes offer the theory in CDs for study from home while others blend practical and theory so have class room sessions.
In short, BCLS is an important and useful certification to get if you are in the medical profession. Being an emergency training you can make some serious impact on people’s lives with this knowledge and skill.