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Adult Basic Life Support with AED

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Please note: This study programme provides pre-course learning only. To achieve full certification you must attend a practical Adult BLS with AED Level 2 course.

It is a common expectation that healthcare staff will have sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to recognise and respond to signs of clinical deterioration. Where healthcare staff can anticipate, identify and respond to patient signs of clinical deterioration they can prevent further decline that might otherwise culminate in cardiorespiratory arrest.

Early and effective resuscitation can save lives. Research in emergency care of collapsed people has led to significant advances in resuscitation techniques. Healthcare organisations must have a clearly defined resuscitation policy and ensure that they provide an effective resuscitation response and service.

At the end of this course, learners are required to complete an online assessment. On successful completion of the assessment (80% pass mark), learners may download a Adult BLS with AED certificate from their profile page.

  • be able to recognise cardiorespiratory arrest
  • know how to summon immediate emergency help in accordance with local protocols
  • be able to start CPR using chest compressions
  • understand national guidelines and local resuscitation policies and procedures
  • know how to recognise and respond to patients with clinical deterioration or cardiorespiratory arrest, escalating care in accordance with local policy
  • be able to initiate an appropriate emergency response, which may include management of choking, and the use of the recovery position, all in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines
  • be able to initiate and maintain effective chest compressions in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines
  • be able to provide basic airway management i.e. ensure an open airway
  • be able to initiate and maintain effective lung ventilations in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines
  • know how an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be operated safely and appropriately
  • 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 the importance of undertaking any resuscitation interventions within the limits of their personal capabilities and context of any previous training received
  • know how they should apply the local Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Policy within clinical context.

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