Basic Life Support (Theory)

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Basic life support theory online course
Basic Life Support (Theory)
Suitable for Care Assistant, Senior Care Assistant, Team Leader / Supervisor, Registered Manager, Nurse, Other staff
40-60 minutes
Free (ex. VAT)
Certificate £2.99 (ex. VAT)
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Learning outcomes
  • Understand how to assess the deteriorating resident using the ABCD approach
  • Understand what to do when someone is choking
  • Understand when and how to put someone in the recovery position
  • Know how to identify a cardiac arrest
  • Know how to initiate and maintain effective lung ventilation
  • Know how to initiate and maintain effective chest compressions
  • Understand how to use an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Know how to report and record details of an emergency event
  • Explain when to apply the local policy on 'Do Not Attempt CPR'
  • How to manage CPR in a care home during Covid-19
  • About this course

    This is an in-depth theory course associated with Basic Life Support. It describes: how to assess the deteriorating person using the ABCD approach, actions to take if a person is choking, when and how to put someone in the recovery position, how to identify a cardiac arrest, how to initiate and maintain effective lung ventilation, how to initiate and maintain effective chest compressions, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, how to report and record details of an emergency event, how to report and record details of an emergency event, and the management of CPR during COVID-19. This module is CPD accredited.

    Course curriculum
    Chapter 1 : Basic Life Support (BLS) Approach and Steps
    Chapter 2 : Recovery Position
    Chapter 3 : What to do if someone is choking
    Chapter 4 : Heart Attacks vs Cardiac Arrest
    Chapter 5 : Chest Compressions
    Chapter 6 : Lung Ventilation
    Chapter 7 : Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    Chapter 8 : Reporting and Recording
    Chapter 9 : Do Not Attempt CPR (DNACPR), ReSPECT and ADRT's
    Chapter 10 : Managing a Cardiac Arrest during Covid-19 (Healthcare Settings)
    Chapter 11 : Summary
    Chapter 12 : A Chance to Reflect
    Chapter 13 : References
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