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What to expect on our Basic Life Support Courses

Here are some of the key things to expect on our basic life support (BLS) courses:

Assessing an unresponsive person - You will learn how to check if someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally.

DRABC - This stands for the sequence of assessments and actions in assessing whether a casualty is breathing normally or not:

- Danger - Check for potential dangers to yourself and the casualty.

- Response - Check if the casualty responds by voice response or touch.

- Airway - Open the airway by using the head tilt, chin life method.

- Breathing - Check if the casualty is breathing normally by looking, listening and feeling for breaths.

- CPR - If not breathing normally, begin chest compressions.

Rescue Breaths - You'll learn techniques like head tilt/chin lift for opening the airway to give rescue breaths during CPR. We discuss the use of ventilation aids and hands only CPR

Use of AED - You will learn how to access an automated external defibrillator (AED) and also when and how to safely use one.

Recovery Position - How to safely roll an unresponsive casualty onto their side to keep their airway open.

Choking - you will learn the choking procedure for both an adult and child/infant.

The course will include hands-on practice of all these skills with instructor feedback to help you gain confidence.

Certification is valid for 3 years.

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