The Resuscitation Council (UK) Immediate Life Support (ILS) course was launched in 2002.

 It was developed in response to a demand from healthcare professionals who may have to act as first responders and treat patients in cardiac arrest until the arrival of a cardiac arrest team/ambulance service.

Who is this course suitable for?

The ILS course is suitable for doctors, medical students, nurses, nursing students, midwives, healthcare providers such as physiotherapists, dentist, dental
nurse and ambulance technicians. It may also be suitable for fire service technicians, police personnel and prison officers.

The ILS course addresses the needs of staff who need more advanced skills than those taught during basic life support (BLS), but who do not require the more
comprehensive Advanced Life Support (ALS) course.

Learning outcomes

The ILS course teaches the knowledge and skills to:

 

  • identify the causes and promote the prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest;
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  • recognise and treat the deteriorating patient using the ABCDE approach;
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  • undertake the skills of quality CPR and defibrillation (manual and /or AED) and simple airway manoeuvres;
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  • utilise non-technical skills to facilitate initial leadership and effective team membership

The ILS course is run over one day and the course programme consists of one lecture, skill stations and cardiac arrest simulations (i.e. CASTeach).
Assessment is continuous and is guided by the assessment forms provided for each core skill (e.g. initial resuscitation and assessment, and airway management).

Please contact Resuscitation Services on resesser@addenbrookes.nhs.uk for questions, booking and costing.

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