Core Skills – Cardiac

This is a one-day hands-on course which focuses on the knowledge and skills required to assess and treat a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest in the pre-hospital environment.

We will support you by providing access to our cardiac and patient assessment e-learning modules in advance of your face to face teaching session to provide you with all the knowledge you need to attend.

The learning objectives for the day are:

  • To practice identification, treatment and management of a patient’s airway, including supraglottic airways (SGAs).
  • Familiarisation with capnography and its place in cardiac arrest management.
  • To discuss use of and demonstrate safe insertion of intraosseous (IO) needle.
  • To practice identification, treatment and management of cardiac arrest and demonstrate safe and effective basic life support (BLS) advanced life support (ALS) and use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • To discuss both the shockable and the non-shockable rhythm sides of the ALS algorithm and demonstrate effective care for the patient using both sides.

Outline of the day:

  • The session begins with a facilitated discussion during which we will get to know you, the work you do and your experience of managing a patient suffering a pre-hospital cardiac arrest.
  • Starting with the basics, you will be given the opportunity to practice airway management, basic life support and defibrillator skills in our skills stations and then consolidate learning by working as a team through 2 scenarios.
  • We then introduce you to IO needle insertion and allow you time to practice and receive feedback in our skills station. This is followed by a short tutorial on capnography to familiarise you with its use in cardiac arrest management.
  • After lunch we spend the afternoon working through scenarios as a team, pulling your knowledge and skills together. We will work through the care and treatment of the patient in shockable and non-shockable rhythms, increasing the complexity of the patient presentations as we progress.
  • Feedback and debrief is central to all aspects of our day with you and our aim is to leave you more confident and competent in managing the care of the critically ill cardiac patient.


This is a 1-day course, starting at 08.30 with registration and refreshments and ends at 16.30.

Refreshments are provided by BASICS Scotland, however lunch should be brought by candidates.

Community hospitals:

The day is a pre-hospital care course. We can however, tailor the same learning outcomes to provide for delegates who work in community hospitals. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements if this is of interest.