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Oct 2020

Access knowledge and skills required for Basic Life Support

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The next installment in our Top 10 Kineo Courses Blog Series will cover the Basic Life Support course. This comprehensive elearning course covers a variety of life-saving scenarios and protocols. This instruction is also backed by interactive technique practices and section assessments to ensure key competencies around life support techniques. 

Specifically, the course highlights emergency life support actions in the following areas:

·    (Identifying) danger
·    Responsiveness
·    Sending for help
·    Airway obstruction
·    Breathing
·    CPR
·    Defibrillation

The Kineo Basic Life Support course is based on Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR) guidelines and is endorsed by the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association (AHHA). This course is designed specifically as refresher training for competent healthcare professionals. It is not designed as a complete theoretical course to support full certification following assessment by an RTO.

While the course does ensure a comprehensive understanding, it is expected that learners undergo a face-to-face clinical assessment by an approved assessor after completion. For For more information, check out the full course in Kineo’s learning library

Conducting basic life support (BLS)

Basic Life Support comes down to a checklist of precautions and actions when responding to an emergency situation. In the introduction to this training, learners are given an outline of these items and a quick overview of how one might apply them in real-life scenarios.  The DRSABCD acronym is also introduced to help them understand and remember the order of operations when conducting Basic Life Support. 

From there, learners go on to a deep dive of these specific elements. All sections that follow are concluded with assessment requirements that must be passed with a 100% score in order to move ahead in the course. Upon completion of the entire course, learners will be able to print their certification for a statement of attainment. 

Assessing situations and identifying dangers

The first tenets principle to providing basic life support involve assessing the situation, which includes identifying potential dangers and handling them safely. In other words, there are a series of checks one must do if they find someone unconscious. While acting quickly is vital to providing life-saving care, it should not be done at the expense of putting yourself in danger. This course section outlines the specific checks one should do if they find themselves in a life support situation, including assessments for environmental hazards or any fluids near the patient. 

Managing breathing and identifying airway obstructions

Airway management and breathing are critical to stabilizing a patient in a life support scenario. Course sections covering these areas show learners how to properly check for and identify airway obstructions and the status of breathing without causing harm to an unconscious patient. Furthermore, these course sections provide instructions on what to do if the patient has a blocked airway or is not breathing. These critical checks help the life support provider know which actions to take next.   

Why and how CPR is performed

The CPR portion of this course provides a detailed overview of how to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation to patients. This includes instructions on how and where to perform chest compressions on a patient. While a face-to-face clinical assessment is the expected form of certification for this, the course section will outline the skills required to safely administer CPR. It even includes an animated portion for practicing chest compressions at the appropriate BPM (beats per minute).

Safe use of an AED

An automated external defibrillator (AED) will provide instructions to the user, but having a base-level of knowledge can go a long way in terms of preparedness. Kineo’s Basic Life Support course shows learners how to use an AED, including where to place the pads and how to ensure everyone in the area is safe when applying the shock. The course section also accounts for how to use an AED in situations where the patient has a pacemaker. 

Learn more about Basic Life Support

If you’d like more information on Kineo’s course for Basic Life Support Australia, we invite you to visit the course page. This is just one of many top courses in our learning library. We also offer elearning on Manual Tasks for Workers and Risk Management, General Evacuation Training, EEO Diversity Training, and many more. Visit our elearning library for the full catalogue and feel free to contact us to get more information on how Kineo Courses can work for your organisation.  



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