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As an employee or student, it’s important to ensure that you are properly trained in lifesaving skills such as basic life support (BLS).

BLS training teaches employees how to recognize and respond to a variety of medical emergencies. Unfortunately, many employers mistakenly believe that American Heart Association (AHA) BLS is the only acceptable form of training. This is not the case.

AHA BLS is the gold standard for basic life support training. It is designed to provide essential skills and knowledge to help people respond quickly and effectively during a medical emergency. AHA BLS meets or exceeds the standards set by both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. It also meets the requirements set by most states’ licensing boards for healthcare providers.

Conclusion

There are other organizations that offer courses in Basic Life Support (BLS). Health Services International (HSI) offers its own version of BLS, as does the American Red Cross (ARC). It is imperative to understand the standards set by your state’s licensing board, school, or employer and choose the course that meets the requirements of your organization.

This same consideration needs to be taken for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) as well.

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