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Immediate Life Support (ILS)


This course is designed to meet the requirements of ILS courses laid down by UK Resus Council guidelines and is certified by ProTrainings.

The aim is to train healthcare personnel in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, simple airway management and safe defibrillation (manual and/or AED), enabling them to manage patients in cardiac arrest until the arrival of a cardiac arrest team and to participate as members of that team. The course is run over one day and consists of lectures and practical sessions.

All our first aid courses fully meet the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements.

Course objectives are:

  • To train healthcare personnel in causes and prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest, the ABCDE approach, initial resuscitation and defibrillation (manual and/or AED), Oxygen use and simple airway management
  • To train healthcare personnel to manage patients in cardiopulmonary arrest until arrival of the resuscitation team and to train healthcare personnel to participate as members of the resuscitation team
  • To learn about some life-threatening conditions. 
  • Medical professionals
  • Nurses
  • First Aiders
  • Medics
  • Doctors – Hospital
  • Doctors – Community
  • Medical students
  • Nurses – Hospital
  • Nurses – Community
  • Nursing students
  • Midwives
  • ODPs
  • Cardiac Technicians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographers
  • Resuscitation Training Officers
  • Dentists
  • Dental Nurses
  • Ambulance Technicians / Paramedics
  • Fire Service Technicians
  • Police Officers
  • Prison Officers
  • Air Stewards

This course comes with 7.0 hours of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

Immediate Life Support (ILS) course learning outcomes:

1 Understand basic life support requirements
1.1 Describe the principles that underpin basic life support
1.2 Explain the circumstances under which resuscitation is performed
1.3 Explain why early intervention is necessary
1.4 Describe different types of cardiopulmonary arrest
1.5 Understand what pulse oximetry is and why it is important in assessing a patient
1.6 Explain the ABCDE approach to patient care
1.7 Explain how to check a patients pulse, temperature, blood pressure and other observations.
1.8 Explain what Hypoxia is and how it affects the patient
1.9 Explain the difference between heart attack, angina and sudden cardiac arrest


2 Be able to demonstrate basic life support techniques and automated external defibrillator use in line with current national guidelines
2.1 Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation
2.2 Demonstrate compression only resuscitation
2.3 Demonstrate the use of resuscitation barrier devices
2.4 Demonstrate how to manage a choking adult, child and infant
2.5 Demonstrate the use of an automated external defibrillator
2.6 Describe the differences when using an automated external defibrillator on a child and on an adult
2.8 Explain why suction is used to maintain the airway
2.9 Explain how an Oropharyngeal airway is used and why they benefit the airway
2.9 Explain the requirements of a do not resuscitate order
2.10 Demonstrate correct use of a bag valve mask


3 Be able to demonstrate post-resuscitation procedures
3.1 Demonstrate how to place a casualty in the recovery position
3.2 Identify the risks when placing a casualty in the recovery position
3.3 Describe handover and reporting procedures
3.4 Explain the correct administration of Oxygen on a patient
3.5 Understand the correct assembly, disassembly and storage of an Oxygen kit.
3.6 Explain the different types of an Oxygen mask and when you would use them.
4 Be able to carry out basic user maintenance and troubleshoot problems with an automated external defibrillator
4.1 Identify when a defibrillator battery requires changing
4.2 Identify when electrode pads need replacing
4.3 Demonstrate how to troubleshoot problems if the automated external defibrillator does not function correctly

5 Understand the safe use of an automated external defibrillator
5.1 Describe the safety considerations when using AEDs

6 Understand medical emergencies
6.1 Describe the following medical emergencies and the treatment required.
• Asthma
• Hyperventilation
• Anaphylactic shock
• Diabetes
• Seizures and Epilepsy
• Sepsis

  • CPR/Basic Life Support Healthcare Professionals Student Manual V7.0 - 2015 guidelines
  • Infection Control Student Manual V7.0
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) web link
  • Adult CPR Flowchart
  • Adult CPR Flowchart handout/poster
  • Anatomy and Physiology Human Body Picture Reference Book Student Manual V7.0
  • BOC Oxygen kit leaflet for medical
  • CPR Flowchart handout. Infant and Child for Healthcare Professionals
  • Child CPR Flowchart
  • Child CPR Flowchart handout/poster
  • Dechoker Leaflet - for emergency choking treatment
  • Decisions relating to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and not delivering CPR
  • EpiPen Guide
  • EpiPen patient information sheet
  • First Aid Student Manual - Welsh
  • First Responder Care Essentials Book on Amazon
  • Free student first aid program leaflet
  • How to use the Dechoker in emergency choking treatment poster
  • Infant CPR Flowchart
  • Infant CPR Flowchart handout/poster
  • Jext Product Data Sheets
  • Jext patient Information Sheet
  • LifePoint AED Leaflet - Full feature for just £795 plus VAT
  • Link to our Concussion ad Brain injury course in association with Headway, a head injury charity
  • NHS Choices Web link
  • Sign up for free Student First Aid - use code SCH-376-61-571
  • UK Resus Council 2015 Guidelines for Paediatric CPR for Healthcare providers
  • UK Resus Council 2015 Guidelines updated 2015 Link
  • UK Resus The Use of Automated External Defibrillators
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  • Zoll AED Plus Manual