Although you never hope that an emergency arises, as a BLS practitioner it's your job to be prepared to respond quickly, and appropriately. In order to do so, there are certain BLS steps that you'll need to perform every time, and some steps that you'll only have to perform on an as-needed basis.
Here, we'll outline some high-level steps that apply to most scenarios, and provide you with reference materials that you can use to examine the steps required during specific situations.
Because you can't help those in need effectively if a scene is unsafe, it's imperative that you size up the situation quickly. In order to do so, take a moment to evaluate the scene based on these questions:
The steps to perform BLS services will vary by patient. However, regardless of what type of BLS care you'll ultimately provide, you'll always need to assess your patient. Assessments typically begin with: