Immediate Life Support

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  • Be able to reflect on the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) guidelines for Basic and Advanced Life Support
  • Be able to understand the principles of Basic and Advanced Life Support and relate them to your work environment
  • Know how to summon immediate emergency help in accordance with local protocols
  • Be able to understand risks to the rescuer
  • Know how to recognise and respond to patients with clinical deterioration, escalating care in accordance with local policy
  • Be able to recognise, and in the early stages manage, cardiorespiratory arrest
  • Know how they should apply the local Do Not Attempt Cardiorespiratory Arrest or ReSPECT Policy within a clinical context
  • Be able to initiate and maintain effective chest compressions in accordance with current RCUK guidelines
  • Be able to provide basic and intermediate airway management
  • Know how to use basic and intermediate airway adjuncts
  • Be able to initiate and maintain effective lung ventilations in accordance with current RCUK guidelines
  • Understand the methods for providing access to the patient’s circulatory system
  • Understand the drugs used during cardiorespiratory arrest
  • Be able to apply a monitor and assess the patient’s heart rate
  • Be able to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) safely and appropriately
  • Understand the reversible causes for cardiorespiratory arrest
  • Understand their individual role and responsibilities in responding to persons in emergency situations
  • Understand their individual responsibilities in reporting and recording details of an emergency event accurately
  • Understand current legislation and local resuscitation policies and procedures
  • Understand their professional roles and responsibilities