In America, 70% of the adult population reports that they would feel helpless if they witnessed a cardiac emergency because they have never had BLS training or a significant amount of time has passed since they last had BLS training. Receiving basic life support training is important for everyone to learn in order to be able to act if they are witness to an urgent medical event, as 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home. Taking a BLS class can empower you with the training and knowledge you need should a friend, family member or even stranger need care during a cardiac emergency.
If you are not currently up to date in your BLS training, simply remember that if you see an adult who is unresponsive who is not breathing or having difficulty breathing, call 911 and then push hard and fast on the center of their chest. This will greatly improve their chances of survival and is a simple way to remember what to do. Anyone can save a life by following these simple and easy steps, but taking a BLS class is also important. This is especially important as almost 383,000 sudden cardiac events happen each year in America. Many are unsuspecting victims as they are healthy and have had no history or risk factors for heart disease. Taking a BLS course can help you feel more confident and prepared should you eve encounter an emergency. Statistically, those who have taken a BLS class and end up saving a life save the life of someone they know; a friend, a child, a partner or a spouse.
Only 32% of people who experience a cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystanderd. This is significant considering that receiving almost immediate and effective bystanders CPR can double or even triple a victim’s survival rate. This is why everyone should take a BLS course. Those who have taken BLS classes and that stay up to date with them feel more confident in providing life-saving techniques to victims.
You can take action today and be prepared by signing up for BLS classes. Doing so will increase the survival rates of those around you should they experience a cardiac arrest in your presence. Having taken a BLS course can help you feel more confident in your life-saving abilities if and when an emergency should arise.