Immediate Life Support (ILS)

This course is designed to meet the requirements of ILS courses laid down by UK Resuscitation Council guidelines.

The aim is to train Advanced CPR, airway management, defibrillation both manual and AED or just AED, enabling them to manage patients in cardiac arrest or suffering a Medical episode until arrival of a cardiac arrest team or Ambulance service arive and then to participate as members of that team if requested. The course runs over one day and consists of theory and skill sessions.

CPR Feedback using Resusci Anne

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You can use Anne for all scenarios. She's able to chat to students, breath on her own block her airway and more allowing students to treat more realistically.

Anne can also be unresponsive, needing CPR where she can be shocked using both live & training AEDs and manual defibs. We see in real time how a student is performing & provide feedback on how affective students are performing. This in turn helps us improve student's life support skills.

Occupations that can use the ILS course:

  • 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


Immediate Life Support (ILS) course learning outcomes:

  • The ABCDE Approach
  • Understand the four main life support signs, temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration
  • Have an understanding on interrupting vital signs in the deteriorating and trauma patients
  • Understand the chain of survival
  • Be safely able to use the ILS algorithm to treat a patient
  • Have an understanding of Anaphylaxis
  • Have an understanding of respiratory difficulties
  • Have an understanding of Angina
  • Have an understanding of Heart Attack
  • Have an understanding of Sepsis
  • Have an understanding of Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Demonstrate basic life support techniques
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED unit on a patient in cardiac arrest using Advanced Anne
  • Demonstrate how to correctly administer Oxygen to a patient

We can also include the following topics if required:


  • Recording patient observations and early warning scores (NEWS)
  • Pregnancy
  • Care of the patient with tracheostomy or laryngectomy
  • ‘Do not attempt resuscitation’ orders
  • Auditing events
  • Equipment
  • Further skills training and simulations

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