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Immediate Life Support

Course Objectives

To comply with the current UK Resuscitation Guidelines on I.L.S. Defibrillation and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation in relation to adults and paediatrics 2015 Guidelines.

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills (in simulation) to effectively identify patients who are deteriorating or are in peri-arrest or cardiac arrest states and undertake effective Immediate Life Support (ILS) in a healthcare setting

ILS Course is benchmarked against:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK) (RCUK) Resuscitation Guidelines (2015)
  • NICE Clinical Guideline 25 (2005)
  • British Thoracic Society Guidelines
  • Valid for 12 Months
  • Assessed by ‘Practical ILS Scenario’ and continuous assessment

Skill stations:

  • Skill Station 1 – The ABCDE approach
  • Skill Station 2 – Initial resuscitation and defibrillation
  • Skill Station 3 – Airway management
  • Skill Station 4 – CASTeach

Course Overview

Overview of the course and standards – explanation of assessment process

Why is ILS relevant in health care?

The importance of communication SBAR

Personal Welfare = PPE

Recording systems

Summoning Help

Resuscitation Equipment:

  • Content,
  • Operational Checks and Locations

The Chain Of Survival

Situational awareness

Decision making

Team working, including leadership

Task management

Recognition of the deteriorating patient

  • AVPU / Glasgow coma scale
  • The ABCDE Approach
  • The Modified Early Warning Score
  • Explanation and demonstration (DVD film clip)

Skill Station 1 – The ABCDE approach

The Chain Of Survival – recap

The Circulatory system:

  • The Heart – anatomy and physiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Causes of cardiac arrest and recognition features including: – 4 H’s and 4 T’s

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation – 2015 GUIDLEINES ADULTS AND CHILDREN

  • CPR demonstration and practice

AED and safe defibrillation Protocol for using AED

  • Shockable and non-shockable rhythms

Skill Station 2 – Initial resuscitation and defibrillation

Airway management – including use of airways and bag valve mask.

Safe handling and storage of oxygen

  • Understanding when to administer oxygen
  • Understanding different therapy masks
  • Practise the use of oxygen as an adjunct to resuscitation

Use of suction

Airway Skill Station:

  • Correct use of oro-pharyngeal airways
  • Use of nasal Airway
  • Use of Laryngeal Mask Airway’s (Supraglottic airways)
  • Use of the Bag-valve-mask

Skill Station 3 – Airway management

Pulse Oximetry

Medication used in resuscitation

Anaphylaxis, hypoxia, choking care and of bleeding casualty

Skill Station 4 – CASTeach

Summary of the day and close

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