When someone goes into the medical field, they may at some point learn things like CPR or how to do proper chest compressions in order to get someone's heart pumping again. But you don't have to go to medical school to learn basic life-saving techniques. It's possible today to enroll in BLS classes, which teach basic life support skills like those just described. Here are some of the different reasons why it might be a good idea for you to enroll in one or more of these classes today.
A Restaurant Worker Could Learn How to Save Someone Who Is Choking
One thing that BLS classes teach is how to remove a foreign object from someone's airway. As a restaurant worker, you are probably always focused on making the next meal or re-filling your customer's drink. But a restaurant is a place where a choking incident can obviously happen. Maybe someone was laughing with food in their mouth or just tried to eat too much at once. A BLS class will teach you different ways to respond during a choking emergency in order to quickly remove the obstruction from the customer's airway. If you are a restaurant owner, sending one or more employees for this type of training might be a great way to ensure that you are prepared for any situation.
Lifeguards Need to Know How to Respond Quickly When Someone Is Not Breathing
Are you the lead lifeguard at the local swimming pool or perhaps the pool's administrator? Hopefully, you are making sure that every lifeguard on staff is properly trained with how to respond in the event of a drowning or any other emergency that leaves someone incapacitated or unconscious. If someone is not breathing, using CPR may be a way to get them out of their dangerous situation and save someone's life in the process. Every lifeguard on your staff should take a BLS course and continue their education over time.
Save an Employee Experiencing a Heart Attack
When someone's heart stops during a heart attack, it's important to respond as quickly as possible if you want to save their life and also hopefully keep them free from negative side effects. While you will surely call 911 if an employee falls to the ground, you can also assist them directly by having an automated external defibrillator on the premises. An AED can be used by someone to shock or jumpstart a person's heart into starting again. Having one or more AEDs on your premises and multiple employees trained on how to use them could stop a tragedy from happening at your workplace.