basic cardiac life support


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Basic Cardiac Life Support

Emergency procedures implemented to maintain viability of heart tissue until advanced support is available. It includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use.

basic cardiac life support

Abbreviation: BCLS
The phase of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiac care that either (1) prevents circulatory or respiratory arrest or insufficiency by prompt recognition and early intervention or by early entry into the emergency care system or both; or (2) externally supports the circulation and respiration of a patient in cardiac arrest through CPR. When cardiac or respiratory arrest occurs, basic life support (BLS) should be initiated by anyone present who is familiar with CPR.
See: advanced cardiac life support; bag mask device; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; emergency cardiac care; Heimlich maneuver
See also: life support
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