- As opposed to ACLS, which offers deep insight and training, BCLS doesn't include the use of medication and invasive techniques. They must be used with utmost care and thus these specialized tools can only be utilized by a professional in the field.
BLS (also known as Basic Life Support) refers to the degree of medical care used to help a victim that suffers life-threatening injuries until she reaches the hospital. The health care professional tries to resuscitate and sustain the victim until she can receive full medical support.
Persons with jobs that involve high risk like lifeguards, firefighters or even police officers are sometimes required to have a BLS. But it's recommended that each person that works around people to have a BLS or a BCLS Certification. It's highly useful for teachers, social workers, coaches or any other category of people whose job is to care for others.
As a matter of fact, anyone willing to help someone during a critical emergency can attend the courses. It's not only for those that could easily get involved in emergency events.
Both BCLS and BLS Certifications are valid for two calendar years from the day when the course is successfully completed. After this period of time, you will need a recertification.
- Actually, BCLS and BLS are extremely similar. They refer to basically the same course and certification. The only thing that makes them slightly different is the fact that BCLS refers more to the cardiac part. But at the end, it's basically just a matter of renaming the same concept.