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CPR or BLS? Choosing the Best CPR Training Courses

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:39 am    Post subject: CPR or BLS? Choosing the Best CPR Training Courses Reply with quote

Whenever a professional applies for a job that requires practical life-saving expertise wonders, “Can my CPR certification qualify for a job that mandates BLS certification?” This makes it extremely vital for anyone to clearly differentiate the meaning and scope of each certification.

Understanding the Difference between CPR and BLS

As the abbreviation suggests, CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and BLS stands for Basic Life Support. It can be debated that BLS is actually CPR, however, it is primarily aimed to train professional healthcare providers and not the general public or non-medical people.

On top of that, BLS is mostly used in UK and places outside US, more specifically used to refer at different levels of CPR training.

Generally speaking, the techniques and actions in the BLS manual are similar to the knowledge provided in any CPR class. For example, sustaining an open airway, facilitating a normal blood circulation without any mechanical assistance, and other things performed while delivering CPR, etc. constitute a chunk of BLS training.

Furthermore, BLS training online also covers a range of advanced practices you might need a hospital system to work with including administrating oxygen, a team approach to CPR, incorporating advanced airway management techniques, and using bag valve mask.

The American Heart Association offers a course in “BLS for Healthcare Providers”, as the name suggests, it is specifically aimed for medical professionals and not general public. While the American Red Cross comes with “CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Providers”, an equal certification. Although two different certifications featuring BLS and CPR education respectively, but with a very similar content.

Fortunately, there are other CPR certifications and training programs aimed at educating non-medical professionals. Non-medical professionals include teachers, coaches, daycare providers, babysitters, etc., or anyone who has responsibility to take care of adults, children, and other close associates. Coming to the workplace safety and environment, lay rescuer adult AED and CPR classes are most suitable to do the job.

So the next time you come across a job description that requires a Bls certification online, this indicates that the employer is looking for a CPR expertise equivalent to a professional healthcare provider, and not a general public level expertise. In short, the candidate’s theoretical and practical proficiency should be the same as that of a paramedic or nurse.

On the other hand, if the job description is easily outside the medical profession, for example, applying for a preschool teacher, accounts officer, a football coach, etc., its apparent the level of expertise required will be at mediocre or basic level. In such applications, candidates with existing CPR certification can do well in landing the job. You can always consult the recruitment personnel for further clarification.

If you are looking to pursue an advanced level CPR training program, it is better to search with the keyword “for healthcare providers”, as various service providers still use the term ‘CPR’ despite targeting medical professionals.
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