CPR, First Aid, and BLS: Are They All The Same?
OC Safety is proud to provide comprehensive safety training classes to the residents of Orange County, CA. Our mission is to promote personal and public health by equipping individuals, from parents and teachers to healthcare professions, with the skills to protect lives. ln all of our premier safety training courses, you will be taught how to recognize and respond to various emergency situations.
The aim of CPR/AED Certification, BLS certification, and First Aid training classes is simple: to prepare you to save lives. But what are the differences between these three life-saving methods? Continue reading below to learn more, and register to receive your CPR & First Aid Certification or BLS Certification today!
What is CPR?
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. When somebody’s heart stops functioning effectively and/or they stop breathing, CPR is used to continue getting healthy, oxygenated blood to the body’s vital organs in order to keep that person alive. Providing CPR generally involves performing chest compressions to circulate blood throughout the body, as well as administering mouth-to-mouth breaths to oxygenate that blood.
What is First Aid?
First aid is a set of skills that, when put into practice, can help immediately stabilize and treat an individual who is injured or ill until more comprehensive medical resources and/or professionals become available. The main aims of first aid are to preserve life and prevent conditions from worsening. First aid can be used to deal with a wide range of scenarios, from broken bones to insect bites/stings to cardiac arrest.
What is BLS?
The acronym BLS stands for Basic Life Support. Most often used on individuals who are experiencing cardiac arrest or respiratory distress, BLS requires the knowledge of CPR, as well as the ability to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Get Your CPR AED Certification, First Aid Certification, or BLS Certification Today!
As you can see, all three of these main certifications – CPR, First Aid, and BLS – have individual nuances, but they are all designed to help you know how to recognize and respond to emergency medical situations until medical professionals arrive or a patient can be taken to a hospital.
We’re proud to help the residents of Orange County develop the skills to save lives. If you’d like to sign up for any of the classes that we offer, you can contact us online or call us at (714) 960-1911. We look forward to working with you!