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Immediate Life Support Course

This course aims to develop healthcare personnel with the knowledge and skills needed in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, simple airway management and safe defibrillation (manual and/or AED).

Outline of Activity

The addition of these skills and thisqualification enhances students’ employability potential by having a nationally recognisedcertified qualification in core skills that are desirable for a wide range of healthcareprofessionals. Successful completion of the course provides the student with a certificate ofachievement issued by the Resuscitation Council (UK) that is valid for a period of one year.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and confidence required by healthcare personnel in causes and prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest, the ABCDE approach, initial resuscitation and defibrillation (manual and / or AED) and simple airway management
  • Consolidate knowledge and skills through the simulated management of person in cardiopulmonary arrest (until arrival of the resuscitation team).
  • Be able to appraise their role as members of the resuscitation team.

Assessment Details

Lectures cover the following subjects:

  • Causes and prevention of cardiorespiratory arrest
  • The Advance Life Support algorithm

Demonstration There is one Cardiac Arrest Simulation Teaching demonstration where the emphasis is placed on managing patients until the arrival of the cardiac arrest team and on participating as members of that team.

Skills Simulation Stations:

  • The ABCDE approach to assessing a sick person
  • Initial resuscitation and defibrillation
  • Airway (with optional Laryngeal Mask Aairway training)
  • Cardiac Arrest Simulation Teaching session (to pull all components together).

Assessment is continuous throughout the face-to-face component of the course, whereby students are assessed against a criterion based assessment for each skills station. Should a student not be successful on the first attempt, they are given formative feedback and can retake that skills station for a second opportunity.

Level of Commitment

38 hours to include:

Preparation Time (independent study with manual)

30 hours

Face-To-Face contact (one day)

8 hours

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