Sussex First Aid Courses

Immediate Life Support - I.L.S.

Course overview:

To comply with the current UK Resuscitation Guidelines on I.L.S. Defibrillation and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation in relation to adults and paediatrics 2015 Guidelines.


Demonstrate the knowledge and skills (in simulation) to effectively identify patients who are deteriorating or are in peri-arrest or cardiac arrest states and undertake effective Immediate Life Support (ILS) in a healthcare setting


ILS Course is benchmarked against: Resuscitation Council (UK) (RCUK) Resuscitation Guidelines (2015) NICE Clinical Guideline 25 (2005) British Thoracic Society Guidelines


Valid for 12 Months

Assessed by ‘Practical ILS Scenario’ and continuous assessment


This interactive 5-6 hour course is delivered using small group scenarios, in a friendly environment and can be delivered at your venue or as an add on with one of our First Aid courses.



  • Skill Station 1 – The ABCDE approach
  • Skill Station 2 – Initial resuscitation and defibrillation
  • Skill Station 3 – Airway management
  • Skill Station 4 – CASTeach



  • Overview of the course and standards – explanation of assessment process

  • Why is ILS relevant in health care?

  • The importance of communication SBAR

  • Personal Welfare = PPE

  • Recording systems

  • Summoning Help​

  • Resuscitation Equipment:

    • Content

    • Operational Checks and Locations

  • The Chain Of Survival

  • Situational awareness

  • Decision making

  • Team working, including leadership

  • Task management​

  • Recognition of the deteriorating patient

    • AVPU / Glasgow coma scale

    • The ABCDE Approach

    • The Modified Early Warning Score

    • Explanation and demonstration (DVD film clip)​

Skill Station 1 – The ABCDE approach
  • The Chain Of Survival – recap

  • The Circulatory system:

    • The Heart – anatomy and physiology

    • Cardiovascular Disease

    • Causes of cardiac arrest and recognition features including 4 H’s and 4 T’s

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation – 2015 GUIDELINES ADULTS AND CHILDREN

    • CPR demonstration and practice

    • AED and safe defibrillation Protocol for using AED

    • Shockable and non-shockable rhythm

Skill Station 2 – Initial resuscitation and defibrillation
  • Airway management – including use of airways and bag valve mask

  • Safe handling and storage of oxygen

  • Understanding when to administer oxygen

  • Understanding different therapy masks

  • Practise the use of oxygen as an adjunct to resuscitation

  • Use of suction

  • Airway Skill Station:

    • Correct use of oropharyngeal airways

    • Use of nasal Airway

    • Use of Laryngeal Mask Airway’s (Supraglottic airways)

    • Use of the Bag-valve-mask

Skill Station 3 – Airway management
  • Pulse Oximetry

  • Medication used in resuscitation

  • Anaphylaxis, hypoxia, choking care and of bleeding casualty

Skill Station 4 – CASTeach
  • Summary of the day and close



The course provides CPD points.

Course duration:

6 hours







​On-site training at your venue or our venue to suit you.​

Course Fees:

In house staff training at your venue £? group rate (max 12 people)

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