Basic Life Support (BLS)

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Description
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Maintaining an airway and supporting breathing and circulation without the use of technology is what basic life support (BLS) entails (except for a protective shield).

It includes the following steps: (a) initial evaluation; (b) airway maintenance; (c) expired air ventilation; and (d) chest compression. [1]Cardiac arrests and accidents are perhaps the most prevalent types of serious emergencies, yet basic actions and abilities can help, and timely CPR can double or treble the odds of survival. [2] Within 3–5 minutes following collapse, delivering a shock with a defibrillator (CPR plus defibrillation) can result in a survival probability of 49–75 %. [2]

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)[edit | edit source]

When the heart stops beating, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is used to save the patient's life.After a cardiac arrest, immediate CPR can double or triple the possibilities of survival.

Indication
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In an unconscious patient, the lack of a perceptible pulse suggests the requirement for CPR.

Clinical Presentation[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mclean JA. Basic life support. British journal of sports medicine. 2000 Apr 1;34(2):141-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Almesned A, Almeman A, Alakhtar AM, AlAboudi AA, Alotaibi AZ, Al-Ghasham YA, Aldamegh MS. Basic life support knowledge of healthcare students and professionals in the Qassim University. International journal of health sciences. 2014 Apr;8(2):141.