This is the most basic of the health care provider skills for resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients. It includes only non-invasive techniques, including CPR with basic adjuncts; most states are adding difibrilation to the skill set of the BLS personnel. This is practiced by EMT's, first responders and is the first step of resuscitation in any arrest. Often called BLS or BCLS.
(BLS) An educational course for both the general public and healthcare providers. Teaches basic CPR skills and simple resuscitation adjuncts as well as first aid for choking.
Noninvasive assessments and interventions used to treat victims of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and stroke. This term has become synonymous with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and can include automated external defibrillation.