Volume 7 Supplement 2

23rd International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Open Access

The Resuscitation Council UK Immediate Life Support Course

  • GD Perkins1,
  • J Soar1,
  • S Harris1,
  • J Nolan1 and
  • the Immediate Life Support Working Group
Critical Care20037(Suppl 2):P059

https://doi.org/10.1186/cc1948

Published: 3 March 2003

Recognising and intervening in the early stages of critical illness, basic life support and defibrillation are essential for improving outcome from inhospital cardiac arrest [1, 2]. The Resuscitation Council (UK) http://www.resus.org.uk launched the Immediate Life Support Course (ILS) in January 2002. This multiprofessional 1-day resuscitation course provides tuition on the knowledge and skills required by a first responder to manage a patient in cardiac arrest for the short time before the arrival of a cardiac arrest team. ILS also introduces healthcare professionals to the role of a cardiac arrest team member. Recognition and intervention in the acutely unwell patient prior to cardiac arrest, basic airway skills and rapid safe defibrillation using either manual or automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are the prime objectives of the course. The course includes lectures, skill stations and cardiac arrest scenarios. ILS has standardised much of the life support training that already takes place in hospitals in the UK.

In the first year, 14,409 candidates attended ILS courses in 122 course centres. The backgrounds of the participants are summarised in Table 1. Participants are continually assessed during the course and those that demonstrate satisfactory performance are awarded a certificate valid for 12 months. During the first year the majority (99%) of participants successfully achieved the course objectives. The preliminary results presented here show a promising start for the new ILS course. The challenge now is opening up the course in more centres while maintaining the quality of teaching.

Table 1

 

Doctors

Nurses

Professions allied to medicine

Pre-hospital staff

Dental staff

Medical/nursing students

Other

Number

964

11,179

786

94

192

878

316

%

6.7

77.6

5.5

0.6

1.3

6.1

2.2

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Resuscitation Council UK

References

  1. Soar J, et al.: Resuscitation 1998, 38: 145-149. 10.1016/S0300-9572(98)00101-4View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
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© BioMed Central Ltd 2003

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