Thursday, February 20, 2014

BLS Class

Tuesday I took a BLS, or Better Life Support class. I learned what to do in the event of a choking or cardiac arrest. I also learned how to use a manual defibrillator, and AED, a pocket mask, and a bag mask!!

This is a dummy with the AED pads attached. The AED tells you when to give a shock, stop compressions, and start compressions.
This is a bag mask. You would only use it in the event of a two-person rescue.
If it was just you, by yourself with an adult heart attack victim, you would:
  1. Shake the victim. Call loudly, "Sir/Ma'am, can you hear me?"
  2. Get a passerby to call for help. Alert another to find an AED.
  3. If you get no response, feel by the trachea for a pulse. This should take no more than 10 seconds. Time is important.
  4. If  you find no pulse, immediately start chest compressions. These take a lot of energy. Count out loud.
  5. Once you've done thirty compressions, allowing chest recoil time, give two breaths. If you don't have a pocket mask, seal your lips around the victim's and breathe twice. Watch for the chest to rise and fall. 
  6. Attach the AED pads under the left nipple and above the right.
  7. The AED will instruct you to stand back, and it will shock the victim.
  8. Wait for the AED to reanalyze.
  9. Resume compressions, if the AED tells you to.
  10. Repeat this cycle  until you see the victim breathing normally or until EMTS arrive.
So, as you can see, I had a lot of steps to remember! I also had to practice chocking rescue, and we practiced on adult, toddler, and infant dummies. Then we took a 25 question test. I was pretty nervous, as I was the only kid there, but I passed.
I am now a certified healthcare professional!!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I've always wanted to take a class like that! Congrats on passing!
    Brooke Jordan


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