Basic Life Support Training for Care Homes.
Benefits of Basic Life Support Training
Training on basic life support increase nursing and healthcare assistants knowledge and provide them with evidence-based basic life support practices. Previous studies demonstrated that basic life support training significantly improved nursing and healthcare assistants knowledge, practice skills, attitudes, and self-efficacy.
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Who Will Benefit?
This 3 hour course is ideal for all healthcare and social care staff who are involved in supporting individuals who require CPR and the use of AED.
Basic Life Support (BLS) is a level of medical care that is beneficial for those who have life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital.
Our Basic Life Support training will give you the confidence to act quickly when necessary. It significantly reduces the amount of hesitation that you may feel as you are secure in the knowledge that you are taking the right actions required to save a life.
Course Aims and Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you will:
1.Describe your actions in an emergency.
2.Demonstrate adult resuscitation including use of AED
3.Explain the management of adult choking
4.Demonstrate the management of the unresponsive casualty
5.Describe how to recognise and treat bleeding
6.Explain the treatment of a heart attack
What is it mapped to?
Level 2 award enables learners to achieve the standard required, knowledge and understanding of a subject relevant to their own work setting.
Rapid response to emergency situations
Can save lives, making basic life support training critically important for healthcare staff.
Principles in Basic Life Support – Look, listen and feel for effective breathing for 10 seconds – if absent declare cardiac arrest. Caution with agonal breaths or see saw breathing where there is a partial obstruction.
With this in mind, basic life support training aims to increase learners’ confidence when responding to emergency situations. This enables them to act swiftly and effectively to give the affected individual the best chance of recovery
During basic life support is is not only the casualties life, but your own life too. Far too often only one persons life is in danger when the emergency services are called, but by the time they arrive there are more. If you put your life in danger, you can end up fighting for your own life, instead of your casualty’s.
PREVENT THE SITUATION FROM WORSENING
The skilled first aider must take action to prevent the whole situation from becoming worse. As well as preventing the casualty’s life from deteriorating.
The actions of a first aider during basic life support should, after preventing things from getting worse, help the casualty to recover from their illness or injury.
All lives need a constant supply of oxygen to survive. If the oxygen does not get through, brain cells could start to die within 3 to 4 minutes. The priorities of treatment during basic life support are therefore aimed at ensuring oxygen gets into the blood, ensuring the blood is circulating around the body and preventing the loss of that blood.
The Primary Survey in basic life support is a fast and systematic way to find and treat any life-threatening conditions in a priority order. As a life-threatening condition is found, it should be treated immediately, then you should move onto the next step in the survey.
The chain of survival- CPR
Most casualties feel and look very ill for a while before the heart stops beating (Cardiac arrest). Call for help early if this is the case, so that advanced medical help is there before situation worsens.
In a Cardiac Arrest, brain cells die within 3-4 minutes, so check compressions are urgently needed to pump blood around the body and rescue breaths are needed to put more oxygen in.
In most Cardiac Arrest cases, the heart goes into a chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. The best chance of restarting the heart is by using a Defibrillator. The chances of survival deteriorate by up to 10% for every minute delay in delivering a defibrillation. AED have been specially designed for first aiders to use in an emergency.
WARNING: In the first few minutes after cardiac arrest, a casualty may be barely breathing, or taking infrequent noisy gasps. These are known as ‘agonal’ breathing. Do not confuse this with normal breathing. (The casualty make take these ‘noisy gasps’ but the chest will not ‘rise and fall’ Start CPR immediately.
Before Using the AED
These AED steps should be used when caring for a non-breathing child aged 8 or older who weighs more than 55 pounds, or an adult.
After checking the scene and ensuring that the person needs help, you should ask a bystander to call 999 for help, then:
1 Turn on the AED and follow the visual and/or audio prompts.
2 Open the person's shirt and wipe his or her bare chest dry. If the person is wearing any medication patches, you should use a gloved (if possible) hand to remove the patches before wiping the person's chest.
3 Attach the AED pads, and plug in the connector (if necessary).
4 Make sure no one is, including you, is touching the person. Tell everyone to "stand clear."
5 Push the "analyze" button (if necessary) and allow the AED to analyze the person's heart rhythm.
6 If the AED recommends that you deliver a shock to the person, make sure that no one, including you, is touching the person – and tell everyone to "stand clear." Once clear, press the "shock" button.
7 Begin CPR after delivering the shock. Or, if no shock is advised, begin CPR. Perform 2 minutes (about 5 cycles) of CPR and continue to follow the AED's prompts. If you notice obvious signs of life, discontinue CPR and monitor breathing for any changes in condition.
Assessment and Certification
Course assessment comprises:
· practical assessment by trainer;
· a short Q&A session which will assess understanding of the theoretical component.
3 hours theory
Number of Attendees
Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15
This training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.
Level 2 Accredited certificate from Endeavour Care Training through Advantage Accreditation
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