CSTF Newborn Basic Life Support (Healthcare) - Level 2

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    CSTF Newborn Basic Life Support (Healthcare) - Level 2 | Online Training Course | CPDUK Accredited

    Course Duration

    120 minutes

    CPD Hours

    2 hours


    CPD Certification Service


    CPD Certificate

    Certificate Validity

    1 year

    Who is the course for?

    This level 2 CSTF newborn basic life support online course is designed for healthcare professionals with direct clinical care responsibilities, including midwives, doctors, neonatal nurses, and other qualified healthcare professionals caring for newborns. It is specifically tailored to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively respond to newborn emergencies, focusing on clinical deterioration and cardiorespiratory arrest scenarios.

    Course content

    The online CSTF newborn basic life support level 2 course encompasses a comprehensive curriculum that covers:

    Recognition and response to signs of clinical deterioration in newborns

    • This section provides an in-depth examination of the physiological signs that indicate a newborn is at risk of clinical deterioration. Learners will be trained to observe and interpret vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, skin colouration, muscle tone, and reflex irritability. Strategies for rapid assessment and initiating immediate care to stabilise the newborn's condition will be emphasised, utilising case studies and simulation exercises for practical learning.

    Importance of maintaining temperature control in newborn care

    • This section underscores the critical role of thermal management in preventing hypothermia, a significant risk factor for morbidity and mortality in newborns. Participants will learn techniques for maintaining normothermia from the point of delivery through initial care and transport, including radiant warmers, thermal swaddling, and skin-to-skin contact. Special attention will be given to the care of preterm infants and using controlled thermal environments.

    Basic airway management to ensure an open airway

    • Focusing on airway patency, this section covers the anatomy of the newborn airway, techniques for airway assessment, and interventions to clear and maintain an open airway. Training will include correctly using suction devices, positioning for optimal airway alignment, and selecting and using appropriate airway adjuncts. Practical skills sessions will reinforce the ability to manage airway emergencies confidently.

    Initiating and maintaining effective respiration and chest compressions

    • Adhering to the latest Resuscitation Council UK guidelines, this critical section teaches how to initiate breathing in newborns who do not start breathing at birth. Instruction will cover ventilation strategies, including bag-valve-mask ventilation and the correct technique for chest compressions. Learners will practice these life-saving skills through hands-on workshops, ensuring they can respond effectively in real-world scenarios.

    Coordinating roles within a team during emergencies

    • Effective teamwork is essential in emergency newborn care. This section explores the dynamics of the resuscitation team, detailing each member's roles and responsibilities. Through interactive learning and simulation, participants will develop the skills to communicate effectively, make rapid decisions, and work cohesively under pressure, ensuring a coordinated response to newborn emergencies.

    Providing initial post-resuscitation care

    • Following successful resuscitation, newborns require careful monitoring and supportive care to promote recovery and prevent complications. This section outlines the components of post-resuscitation care, including continued respiratory support, cardiovascular monitoring, thermal regulation, and glucose stabilisation. Learners will gain insight into the transition of care from the delivery room to the neonatal intensive care unit, including the preparation for transport and handover to specialised care teams.

    Understanding national guidelines, local resuscitation policies, and reporting:

    • This section provides a comprehensive overview of newborn resuscitation's legal and professional frameworks, including national guidelines and local policies. Participants will learn the importance of adhering to these guidelines, the principles of documentation and reporting, and strategies for quality improvement in newborn resuscitation practices. Case studies and policy review sessions will enhance understanding and application in clinical settings.

    Course aims

    This CSTF newborn basic life support eLearning course aims to:

    • Equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise and respond to clinical deterioration in newborns.
    • Enhance awareness and understanding of the care needs of deteriorating newborns, including the importance of temperature control.
    • Prepare participants to effectively participate as resuscitation team members and provide initial post-resuscitation care.

    Learning objectives

    To achieve these aims, this online CSTF newborn basic life support training course will:

    • Evaluate and respond to newborn clinical deterioration

      • Equip learners with the ability to accurately evaluate signs of serious illness in newborns, such as alterations in heart rate, respiratory rate, skin colouration, muscle tone, and reflex irritability, and to initiate timely interventions to stabilise the newborn's condition.

    • Maintain optimal newborn temperature control

      • Instruct participants on the importance and methodologies for maintaining normothermia in newborns from delivery through postnatal care, including the use of radiant warmers, thermal swaddling, and skin-to-skin contact. Emphasise the unique needs of preterm infants.

    • Ensure effective airway management

      • Provide comprehensive training on ensuring an open airway in newborns through techniques for airway assessment, the correct use of suction devices, and positioning for optimal airway alignment, alongside selecting and using appropriate airway adjuncts.

    • Initiate and sustain newborn breathing and circulation

      • Teach the methodologies for initiating breathing in newborns who do not start breathing at birth, covering ventilation strategies and the proper technique for chest compressions, as guided by the latest Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.

    • Facilitate team coordination during emergencies

      • Develop the ability to effectively communicate and make rapid decisions within a team setting during newborn emergencies, detailing the roles and responsibilities of each team member to ensure a cohesive and coordinated response.

    • Administer initial post-resuscitation care

      • Guide learners through the components of initial post-resuscitation care necessary for supporting newborn recovery and preventing complications, including continued respiratory support, cardiovascular monitoring, and preparing for the transition of care to specialised teams.

    • Adherence to national guidelines and effective reporting

      • Familiarise participants with the legal and professional frameworks governing newborn resuscitation, including the significance of adhering to national guidelines, local policies, and the principles of accurate documentation and reporting for quality improvement.

    Learning outcomes

    Upon completing this CSTF newborn basic life support e-learning course, learners will be able to:

    • Recognise cardiorespiratory arrest.
    • Know how to summon immediate emergency help in accordance with local protocols.
    • Start CPR using chest compressions.
    • Locate and operate an AED.
    • Understand national guidelines and local resuscitation policies and procedures.
    • Know how to recognise and respond to a newborn infant, escalating care in accordance with local policy.
    • Understand the importance of temperature control in the care of the newborn.
    • Initiate an appropriate emergency response following current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
    • Provide basic airway management, i.e. ensure an open airway.
    • Initiate and maintain adequate respiration in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
    • Initiate and maintain effective chest compressions in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
    • Understand their role and responsibilities in responding to persons in emergencies.
    • Understand their responsibilities in reporting and recording details of an emergency event accurately.
    • Understand the importance of undertaking resuscitation interventions within the limits of their capabilities and the context of any previous training.

    Accreditation and Certification

    This online CSTF resuscitation - newborn basic life support training course is externally peer-reviewed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service (CPDUK). It meets the UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) standards. Successful completion awards a certificate valid for one year that complies with the HealthTrust Europe (HTE), Crown Commercial Services (CCS), and NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) frameworks.

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    Why is the course important?

    This online CSTF newborn basic life support level 2 course is crucial for healthcare professionals in newborn care. It focuses on early recognition and effective response to emergencies. Based on Resuscitation Council UK guidelines, it provides essential skills in maintaining temperature, ensuring open airways, and performing resuscitation. Accredited by the CPD Certification Service, it ensures compliance with national standards, enhancing the quality of care and improving newborn outcomes.

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