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Skill station Competencies addressed Equipment required
Basic life support techniques Demonstrates basic treatment for simulated choking
Demonstrates effective mouth-mask-ventilation
Demonstrates effective expired air ventilation without adjuncts
Demonstrates effective external chest compressions
Basic life support mannikin, antiseptic to clean mannikin, masks
Advanced life support techniques Demonstrates safe & effective use of an automated external defibrillator
Demonstrates safe & effective use of a manual defibrillator
Describes how to recognize & treat common peri-arrest arrhythmias
Recognises cardiac arrest rhythms
Describes the indication & dosages of drugs used in the management of cardiac arrest
Advanced life support mannikin, manual defibrillator, automatic defibrillator
Rhythm generator incorporated into mannikin or computer and arrhythmia simulation
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest Demonstrates effective expired air ventilation without adjuncts
Demonstrates effective external chest compressions
Demonstrates safe & effective use of an automated external defibrillator
Advanced life support mannikin, automatic defibrillator, disinfectant
In-hospital cardiac arrest 1 Demonstrates effective bag-mask ventilation
Demonstrates effective external chest compressions
Demonstrates safe & effective use of a manual defibrillator
Describes the indication & dosages of drugs used in the management of cardiac arrest
Demonstrates the ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
Recognises cardiac arrest rhythms
Advanced life support mannikin with rhythm generator, bag-valve resuscitator, "drugs", manual defibrillator
In-hospital cardiac arrest 2 Demonstrates effective bag-mask ventilation
Demonstrates effective external chest compressions
Describes the indication & dosages of drugs used in the management of cardiac arrest
Demonstrates the ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
Recognises cardiac arrest rhythms
Describes how to recognize & initiate treatment of life threatening hypo/hyper natraemia and kalaemia
Advanced life support mannikin with rhythm generator, bag-valve resuscitator, "drugs", investigation results
Airway management Describes signs of airway obstruction
Demonstrates safe use of simple airway manoeuvres/adjuncts
Demonstrates effective bag-mask ventilation
Airway mannikin, airway equipment
Intravenous cannulation Describes peripheral venous cannulation including attention to patient comfort and infection control
Demonstrates safe handling & disposal of sharps & clinical waste
Adheres to the basic principles of infection control measures including hand washing
Intravenous cannulation mannikin arms, safety cannulae, alcohol swabs, tourniquets, alcohol hand rub, sharps bins, gloves
Case scenario (without simulator) Demonstrates a systematic clinical assessment of breathing & oxygenation
Describes common causes of breathlessness
Describes how to recognize & initiate treatment for a pneumonia
Demonstrates a systematic approach to the clinical assessment & timely management of the critically ill patient
Demonstrates a systematic approach to 3 and 12 lead ECG interpretation, recognizing common & important abnormalities
Demonstrates a systematic approach to chest radiograph interpretation recognizing common & life threatening abnormalities
Describes the importance of repeated & timely assessment of the acutely ill patient
Describes the recognition & immediate resuscitation of a patient with sepsis
Describes a rational approach to antibiotic prescribing in the patient with sepsis
Describes effective fluid resuscitation
Computer and instructor's material
Case scenario (with simulator) As above plus:
Demonstrates how to correctly set up and administer high flow oxygen therapy
Demonstrates how to correctly prepare & give an intravenous drug
Demonstrates how to correctly set up an intravenous infusion
Demonstrates the ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
Measure arterial blood pressure correctly using a manual method
Adheres to the basic principles of infection control measures including hand washing
Patient simulator, pre-programmed sequence, oxygen cylinder, oxygen masks, fluid administration set, gloves, safety cannulae, alcohol swabs, alcohol hand rub, parenteral antibiotics, water/saline for injection, intravenous fluid
Arterial blood gases & metabolic disturbances Describes how to recognize & initiate treatment of life threatening hypo/hyper natraemia and kalaemia
Describes a systematic approach to arterial blood gas analysis
Instructor's materials
Assessment of the critically ill Demonstrates a systematic approach to the clinical assessment & timely management of the critically ill patient
Describes the clinical feature of shock
Instructor's materials

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