CSTF Paediatric Basic Life Support (Healthcare) - Level 2

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    CSTF Paediatric 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 essential level 2 CSTF paediatric basic life support online course is designed for staff with direct clinical care responsibilities, including all qualified healthcare professionals and those working with paediatric patients. It aims to equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively to paediatric emergencies, particularly clinical deterioration or cardiorespiratory arrest.

    Course content

    The CSTF paediatric basic life support e-learning course covers the following:

    Understanding clinical deterioration in children

    • This section examines the early identification of clinical deterioration signs in paediatric patients. Participants will learn to assess vital signs, recognise distress indicators, and understand the implications of delayed intervention, enhancing their ability to prevent further decline.

    Basic airway management technique

    • Learners will gain practical knowledge on maintaining a patent airway in children, including head tilt-chin lift and jaw thrust manoeuvres. This segment covers airway obstruction management, emphasising the differences in approach between infants and older children.

    Rescue breaths and chest compressions

    • This module is focused on initiating life-saving interventions. It instructs on performing effective rescue breaths and chest compressions, adhering to the latest Resuscitation Council UK guidelines. Thus, it ensures learners can deliver high-quality CPR in critical situations.

    Managing choking incidents

    • Detailed guidance on handling choking emergencies in children, distinguishing between effective and ineffective coughs, and executing back blows and abdominal or chest thrusts as appropriate. This part prepares healthcare workers to act swiftly and effectively in choking scenarios.

    Application of national guidelines and local policies

    • This comprehensive overview ensures familiarity with Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines, local resuscitation policies, and procedures. It aims to standardise resuscitation practices across different healthcare settings, promoting adherence to national standards.

    Emergency roles and responsibilities

    • Clarifies the specific roles healthcare workers play during paediatric emergencies, from the initial response to detailed reporting and recording of the event. This module underscores the importance of teamwork, communication, and adherence to legal and ethical standards in emergency care.

    Interactive scenarios and case studies

    • Through realistic scenarios and case studies, learners will apply their knowledge in simulated emergencies, reinforcing their skills in identifying and responding to paediatric emergencies, including clinical deterioration and cardiorespiratory arrest.

    Practical demonstrations and course media

    • Incorporating video demonstrations and interactive media to visually guide learners through the techniques of paediatric life support, enhancing engagement and understanding of complex concepts.

    Course aims

    This level 2 paediatric basic life support eLearning course aims to:

    • Enhance knowledge and skills in recognising and responding to paediatric clinical deterioration.
    • Provide an understanding of the current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance and legislation regarding paediatric life support.
    • Promote the importance of early and effective resuscitation to save lives.

    Learning objectives

    The learning objectives of this online paediatric basic life support training course are to:

    • Illustrate the identification of clinical deterioration
      • Explain the key signs of clinical deterioration in paediatric patients, enabling healthcare workers to quickly recognise when a child is at risk of cardiorespiratory arrest.
    • Demonstrate basic airway management 
      • Instruct basic airway management techniques to ensure an open airway in paediatric patients, which is critical for effective resuscitation.
    • Initiate rescue breaths and chest compressions
      • Guide on initiating and maintaining effective rescue breaths and chest compressions, following current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines, to provide life-saving interventions.
    • Manage choking incidents
      • Detail the steps for appropriately responding to choking incidents in children, highlighting the differences in approach between infants and older children.
    • Apply national guidelines and policies
      • Familiarise participants with national guidelines and local resuscitation policies and procedures, ensuring adherence to the best practices in paediatric life support.
    • Understand emergency roles and responsibilities
      •  Clarify the roles and responsibilities of healthcare workers during paediatric emergencies, including the correct process for reporting and recording details of such events.

      Learning outcomes

      On completion of this paediatric basic life support eLearning course, the learners will be able to:

      • Recognise cardiorespiratory arrest.
      • Know how to summon immediate emergency help following local protocols.
      • Start CPR using chest compressions.
      • Locate and operate an AED.
      • Understand national guidelines and local resuscitation policies and procedures.
      • Recognise and respond to patients with clinical deterioration or cardiorespiratory arrest, escalating care in accordance with local policy.
      • Initiate an appropriate emergency response, which may include management of choking and the use of the recovery position, all following current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
      • Initiate and maintain effective chest compressions in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
      • Provide basic airway management, i.e. ensure an open airway.
      • Initiate and maintain effective lung ventilation in accordance with current Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
      • Know how an automated external defibrillator (AED) can be operated safely and appropriately.
      • Understand their individual role and responsibilities in responding to persons in emergencies.
      • Understand their individual responsibilities in reporting and recording details of an emergency event accurately.
      • Understand the importance of undertaking any resuscitation interventions within the limits of their personal capabilities and the context of any previous training received.
      • Know how they should apply the local Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Policy/anticipatory care decision within a clinical context.

      Accreditation and Certification

      This online CSTF paediatric basic life support level 2 training course is externally peer-reviewed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Upon completion, participants will receive a CPD 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?

      The CSTF paediatric basic life support level 2 online course is vital for healthcare workers with direct clinical care responsibilities. It equips them with essential skills and knowledge to effectively respond to paediatric emergencies, particularly clinical deterioration or cardiorespiratory arrest.

      Accredited by the CPD Certification Service, this course adheres to UK governance, including Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines and CSTF recommendations, ensuring participants are trained according to national standards. Early and effective resuscitation can save lives, making this training crucial in healthcare settings for providing safe and effective care to paediatric patients.

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