Basic Life Support-BLS Rationale for Programme
Justification of the need for the programme
Basic life support course includes essential life saving techniques regarding management of choking, bleeding and shock (Rao, 2009). This course helps to meet necessary health and safety standards in workplace. It is a level of first aid training that may save someone's life in emergency situation. In case of a victim who appears to be chocked, drowned, and suffered from cardiac pain proper use of these techniques might save their life. All these techniques are developed to provide victims an essential preliminary treatment whenever needed. This programme is essential for healthcare workers as they are dealing with various types of patients and may face this type of challenges at any time. As opined by Rao (2011), above 50% death case due to heart attack outside the hospitals could be recovered by using appropriate BLS techniques. Basic level BLS course involve securing proper circulation and breathing to keep their heart active until arrival of an ambulance. CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) technique is introduced in BLS training that helps to provide preliminary treatment to the victims (Erickson, Peters, & Strommer, 2009). Sudden blockage in heart can be opened by using CPR technique. BLS includes all types of first aid training courses for each particular case. This training also helps to learn about other important measures like position of recovery and use of AED (automated external defibrillation) device that improves lethal effects in cardiac blockage cases. In case of a drowning person airway treatment is immediately needed to maintain a clear pathway for gases to pass between lungs and atmosphere. This training includes early recognition of the emergency that helps the healthcare staffs to activate emergency medical services quickly. Unconscious victim can regain consciousness after application of AED. Medical emergencies can arise at any time and any place. Hence, BLS help care staffs to deal with medical emergencies and provide pre-hospital care.
Targeted Participants for the Programme
It is aimed at the staffs of the surgical ward for providing basic ideas about life saving processes. This course is a must for healthcare professionals who work in surgical words as it helps in gaining ability to identify several life threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use AED in a timely and effective way.
The BLS programme aims to train the health care professionals, surgeons, and nurses for handling grave medical cases and emergencies like patients with life threatening diseases, senseless patients and accident cases. This programme teaches care workers about pre-hospital training that ensure safe transfer of the victim to hospital. Principle target of this programme is to enhance the chances of survival even in emergency condition.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Understanding and Knowledge
This is a programme with one year duration that offers healthcare professionals to enlarge their knowledge area by converting their existing diplomas into British Bachelor's degrees (Armand, 2007). This programme enlightens on a range of preliminary life saving treatments and after completion of this course staffs would be able to understand basis of these techniques.
Sometimes there are ethical and legal dilemmas developed while providing BLS to a victim. There is a range of information available from this programme that will help the staffs to carry out right decision that can save a life. Professionals also get some guidelines about the way of giving support.