Basic Life Support
(CPR and AED)
You, a relative, a friend, a work colleague … Every minute counts! If cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, CPR, is not started immediately, survival chances decrease by 10% with every minute. In only few cases, a doctor is on site within a few minutes, but anyone can start providing first aid by starting CPR until professional help arrives.
The acronym BLS stands for “Basic Life Support” and is the new and correct term describing the first aid measures laypeople perform to either sustain or revive (resuscitate) a casualty suffering from sudden cardiac arrest independent of the cause.
BLS training includes CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and defibrillation (the use of an automated external defibrillator, commonly known as AED).
In Switzerland, you can choose between two BLS courses: a BLS COMPACT and a BLS COMPLETE course.
BLS is sometimes called BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support). Medical professionals are often required a more advanced training called ALS (Advanced Life Support) or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). At this time, HEALTHY AND SAFE AWAY FROM HOME is not able to offer ALS/ACLS courses.