The essentials of Basic Life Support

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Editor’s Note: Basic Life Support is essentially synonymous with Senior First Aid (or Applied First Aid).

Basic Life Support forms a foundation level of care for treating patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries, until the appropriate medical care can be provided. It can be applied by anyone and can be the difference between life and death. In any serious injury the timeframe to receive any sort of treatment, greatly affects the outcome.

Since having an understanding of Basic Life Support can have such an impact on keeping a person alive and healthy, it’s worth spending some time for fledging medical students, health students and professionals to fully grasp the principles.

There are three components which Basic Life Support aims to address.
  • Airways
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
If these functions can be maintained until qualified professional assistance arrives, the casualty has a greater chance of survival.

The presentation below is designed to cover some of the principles of Basic Life Support & First Aid and refresh your memory. This includes things such as;
  • DRABCD
  • Care for Bleeding
  • Care for Shock
  • First Aid for Sprains & Strains
  • Care for dislocations and fractures
  • Poisoning
  • Burns
 The video below provides an ingenious way of practicing CPR at home. Ian Miller has come up with a way to use two milk bottle's to refresh that CPR experience. So watch the video and remember humming the Bee Gees classic, Stayin’ Alive sets the pace at which to compress.



If you feel confident in your ability to perform Basic Life Support, test out your skills in this quiz by Flinders University.

Finally I must specify that I’m not a medical professional or Doctor. Anything mentioned here is solely for the benefit or refreshing people’s memory and making them aware of the benefits of knowing Basic Life Support.

If you are interested in formally expanding your knowledge, I can recommend either;
You never know when this knowledge may help save a life.

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