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Basic Life Support with Safe Use of CPR
Course Objectives

The objective of this qualification is to allow learners to develop their knowledge and skills in basic life support to meet the needs of their role in work, or another setting, and allows progression into further first aid training. It is recommended for first-aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.

Learners will know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED) form an essential part of the chain of survival. The topics covered are regarded by Skills for Health as being important in maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt, and effective administration of CPR and AED. The learners should be able to safely and effectively use an AED Machine.

Minimum Entry Qualifications
  • Qualifications ‐ None
  • Learners must be able to effectively perform CPR prior to registration.
Course Contents

The learners will:

  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.
    • Assess the scene for danger
    • Assess a casualty’s level of consciousness
    • Demonstrate how to open a casualty’s airway and check for breathing
    • Demonstrate how to place an unresponsive casualty in the recovery position
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.
    • Recognise the need to commence CPR
    • Perform CPR on a mannequin
  • Know how to safely use an automated external defibrillator.
    • Identify safety considerations when using an AED
    • List differences in the procedure when using an AED on a child
  • Be able to safely use an automated external defibrillator.
    • Demonstrate the correct placement of AED electrode pads on a mannequin
    • Follow AED voice prompts accurately
    • Demonstrate how to combine the use of an AED with minimal interruptions in CPR using a mannequin
    • Demonstrate the safe delivery of AED shock
    • State the procedures if the casualty shows signs of life and starts to breathe normally
    • Identify the information required when handing over the casualty

6 Hours