What does BLS stand for?

Basic life support

A healthcare term that refers to the level of medical care administered to persons with life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they reach a hospital and receive full medical care; often provided by paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and laypersons for a variety of conditions, including choking, drowning, and cardiac arrest; mainly concerned with adequate blood circulation and breathing through a clear airway.


The paramedics provided BLS to the victim until they arrived at the hospital. He is now in critical condition

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Updated January 28, 2015

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