What is Basic Life Support (BLS)?

What is basic life support?

Basic Life Support describes a set of basic life saving first aid techniques. The Resuscitation Council (UK) produces a set of guidelines for first aiders to administer Basic Life Support which will cover:

  • Safe management of an incident
  • Dealing with an unresponsive breathing casualty (recovery position)
  • Dealing with an unresponsive non-breathing casualty (CPR & Chain of survival)
  • Dealing with a choking casualty both mild and severe  (back slaps & abdominal thrusts)

Our 3 hour Basic Life Support course covers all of the above. An extra hour can also be added to the course to cover safe use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Click here for more information on AEDs

Note that managing bleeding is not considered part of Basic Life Support.