10 Pointers on Taking BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) or Basic Life Support
Here is a guideline to enable you enhance your prospects of passing the AHA – American Heart Association certification exam for BCLS, BLS, and CPR. As long as you take the guidelines presented here seriously, you certainly will do perfectly well on the exam. However you need to allow yourself a lot of time to learn all the relevant material – particularly if you are new.
1. Study and commit to memory the Notes and study chart
The Zombie notes for BCLS/BLS can certainly help you study the basics; it is also easy to take with you to study at your spare time. The study manual/guide is however not a substitute for the hands on practice and testing sessions that the class is well-known for. The notes make it possible to memorize the most significant things that will help you to perform better at the exam. You will find guidelines for all age groups in the note, with the most recent information based on the evidenced based practice and research. You’ll also find Infants, children and adults included with how to do- one and two rescuer CPR, AED and pads application choking – conscious and unconscious as well as airway management.
2. Read and study the BCLS/BLS Certification Manual
The BCLS/BLS certification manual is a very vital tool that would be of immense value to you when preparing to take the test. Ensuring you do not only passively read it but carefully study it, would sure set you on the road to success.
3. Dress conveniently and be ready to work on your knees (try to explain to your instructor if this is difficult for you)
4. Watch YouTube videos on BCLS, BLS, AED and other topics
Watching YouTube videos has become a very vital part of our everyday lives and as far as the BCLS is concerned, there are a lot of online video lectures virtually on all the topics. You can go through the videos carefully during the course of your preparation. They’ll sure be a vital guide.
5. Take practice tests again and again until you finally get them all correct
In the practice test you’ll find questions on virtually every topic including AED use, safety at the scene, choking victims, early defibrillation and ventricular fibrillation others include rescuer CPR scenarios, infant procedures for two-rescuer CPR, also included are rate of compressions for all age groups, airway and ventilations as well as age specific questions.
6. Practice doing fast and hard compressions
Practices doing fast and hard compressions, on a doll or cushion for some minutes, to enable you perform high-quality-CPR at the class; you must also know the landmarks for chest compressions, depth and recoil of compression.
7. Evaluate the differences between the age groups and the BCLS/BLS requirements for CPR
Review choking, AED pads, heart rates in infants that need initiation of chest compressions, quick assessment for responsiveness, breathing rates, pulse check, recovery positions and positioning of the airway etc.
8. You must comprehend the non-trained hands only CPR concept against healthcare 30:2 CPR ratio
You should consider buying a face shield or pocket mask with a one-way valve.
9. Read about the Bag-Mask-Valve
You should read about the Bag-Mask-Valve and also the pocket masks, positioning the victim’s airway other airway adjuncts; first aid Diagnosis for life threatening symptoms such as myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke.
10. Participate in class, and ask and answer lots of questions
Fully participating and asking many questions in class would helps you understand to a large degree, so ask more detailed questions in the class.