What is the Difference Between CPR / First Aid & BLS Certification?

by | Apr 5, 2024

The key difference is BLS certification does NOT include First Aid which is required for many jobs outside of the healthcare setting. On the other hand, CPR & First Aid does include both aspects but isn’t high enough certification for the healthcare setting.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification are crucial skills that can save lives in emergency situations. Understanding the differences between these certifications and who needs them is essential for ensuring proper emergency response training. While licensed healthcare professionals are typically educated on how to respond in medical emergencies within healthcare settings, their training may not include comprehensive First Aid skills required for emergencies outside of healthcare settings. Let’s explore the distinctions between CPR, First Aid, and BLS certifications, as well as who may benefit from each type of training.

What We Will Cover

Who Needs CPR and First Aid Certification in Georgia and South Carolina?

In the state of Georgia and South Carolina, CPR and First Aid are required for many jobs including Child Care, Senior Living, and School Staff among other jobs. The only person at a senior living that would need BLS would be any Registered Nurses. When in doubt, this is often the training you need. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions as well.

CPR and First Aid certification is invaluable not only for those positions but also for parents who want to be ready in any type of emergency related to their family. From healthcare professionals and educators to parents, foster parents and caregivers, anyone responsible for the well-being of others can benefit from this training.

In medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest, drowning, or severe injuries, prompt CPR and First Aid intervention can significantly improve the chances of survival and reduce the risk of long-term complications. Beyond the healthcare setting, these certifications are essential for individuals who may encounter emergencies in everyday life, including in schools, workplaces, assisted living facilities, daycare facilities, recreational facilities, and public spaces. Consider scenarios such as a choking incident at a restaurant, or a playground accident involving children. In these situations, individuals with CPR and First Aid certification possess the knowledge and skills to assess the situation, provide immediate assistance, and potentially save lives while awaiting professional medical help.

How to Get CPR and First Aid Certified

At First Response, we offer affordable and accessible courses designed to help people be informed about how to respond to emergencies. We teach courses across Georgia and South Carolina. If you would like to host a class for your facility you can request one here, or if you are an individual you can join one of our existing classes here on our calendar.

Who Needs BLS Certification in Georgia and South Carolina?

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required for individuals involved in healthcare and emergency response roles where advanced resuscitation techniques may be required. This is not for most people and again only for healthcare settings.

BLS certification is particularly relevant for:

Healthcare Providers: 

BLS certification is a fundamental requirement for physicians, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, RNs at senior care facilities, and other healthcare professionals directly involved in patient care. These individuals are often the first responders in critical medical situations and need to be proficient in BLS techniques to initiate immediate life-saving interventions.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel: 

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) operating in pre-hospital environments rely on BLS training to assess and stabilize patients experiencing medical emergencies or traumatic injuries. BLS certification equips EMS personnel with the knowledge and skills needed to provide prompt and effective care during ambulance transport and at the scene of emergencies.

In essence, BLS certification is not only a professional requirement but also a commitment to upholding the highest standards of patient care and safety. By obtaining BLS certification, healthcare professionals and emergency responders demonstrate their readiness to handle medical emergencies effectively and contribute to positive patient outcomes in diverse healthcare settings.

How to Get BLS Certified

To get BLS certified you can host a BLS course for your facility by requesting one here at a time that works for you. Alternatively, you can take our blended online BLS training where the instruction is online at your own pace and you just need to do an in person skills check

Our course covers advanced resuscitation techniques, including CPR with advanced airway management, use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and relief of choking in responsive and unresponsive patients.

Which Certification Should I Get?

The certification you need depends on your profession, workplace requirements, and personal preferences. If you work in healthcare or public safety, BLS certification may be necessary for your role. However, if you’re a teacher, childcare provider, or senior caregiver member, CPR and First Aid certification is best. When in doubt, CPR and First Aid is best in most cases. Learn more about what training is best for your job here or contact us for help.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="https://www.firstresponsecpr.com/blog/author/calvin/" target="_self">Calvin Go</a>

Calvin Go

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Calvin has taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety for First Response since June 2023. He is also medical student working towards his PHD. His experience as a medical student and safety instructor brings a unique perspective into his articles.

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