Course on

Immediate Life Support

Course on Immediate Life Support
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Course on Immediate Life Support

Knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and apply a defibrillator as healthcare professionals saves lives.

It is estimated that each year there are more than 24,500 out-of-hospital cardiorespiratory arrests in Spain, one every 20 minutes on average, and they cause four times more deaths than traffic accidents. This high mortality rate can decrease if a series of actions are carried out, all of them important, that make up what is called the “Chain of Survival”.

In order to perform this immediate care, the international scientific community - International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and American Heart Association (AHA) - promote accredited training of both health and non-health personnel to improve the response in the care of victims of cardiorespiratory arrest..

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The high mortality from out-of-hospital cardiorespiratory arrests can decrease if a series of actions are carried out, all of them important, that make up what is called the “Chain of Survival”.

Early recognition

The early recognition of symptoms by the population (and, of course, health personnel) and the early activation of the Emergency System.

Early defibrillation

Immediate action, in the event of a cardiorespiratory arrest, by means of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and application of a defibrillator can be of great help in those initial moments and save lives. In the event that assistance can be provided by a medical or nursing professional, the field of action is expanded. In this case, these professionals will be able to act to access the airway, supply the necessary drugs via the vascular route and carry out post-resuscitation treatment, all while waiting for more specialized assistance.

BLS and ALS adaptation and speed

Quick and adequate start of Basic Life Support (BLS) techniques and Advanced Life Support (ALS) techniques and post-resuscitation treatment.


Teach students, medical and nursing professionals to act in a serious emergency with cardiorespiratory arrest.


At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify and treat a severe acute patient using the ABCDE approach (Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Neurological Assessment and Exposure).
  • Identify and treat a patient in Cardiorespiratory Arrest with automated or manual external defibrillation.
  • Know how to apply the instrumental material of the airway, awaiting the arrival of more specialized assistance.
  • Know how to apply an emergency vascular access, awaiting the arrival of more specialized assistance.
  • Use the necessary drugs awaiting the arrival of more specialized assistance.
  • Carry out the necessary post-resuscitation treatment, awaiting the arrival of more specialized assistance.
  • Collaborate efficiently with the advanced life support team if necessary.


  • Blended course where basic theoretical concepts will be taught at the beginning of the course, with a duration of 25 hours (17 hours online and 8 hours face-to-face).
  • 1st PHASE ONLINE: 17 hours.
  • t is taught online through the platform enabled by the Nebrija Global Campus. The student must enroll individually in the course, after receiving the pertinent instructions and study materials from the teaching team, he/she will complete the activities set, taking into account the established deadlines. The online phase includes a theoretical evaluation; The submission and completion of all online activities is essential to be able to take the face-to-face phase of the course.
  • 2nd PHASE FACE-TO-FACE: 8 hours
    It is carried out in two sessions of 4 hours in one day, and includes 1 theoretical evaluation, a practical evaluation, theoretical classes and practical stations.
  • Basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills are acquired by practicing the maneuvers, on a rotating basis with a reduced number of students for each accredited instructor.
    • The competences to learn to apply AED simulators (Automatic defibrillators) are taught in a practical way when necessary.
    • Access to airways, vascular access, use of drugs and post-resuscitation treatment are taught in a practical way, awaiting more specialized assistance.
  • The evaluation includes:
    • Complete the initial online phase (study and exercises) and compulsory attendance during the course hours.
    • Students have to successfully pass the theoretical evaluations (70% correct answers are required) and all the practical sessions.
    • The course is accredited according to the guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).
    • Post-training assessment survey on satisfaction of expectations.

Course Program

Immediate Life Support

  • 1. Learning non-technical skills: teamwork, leadership, decision-making.
  • 2. Recognition of the critical patient. ABCDE methodology.
  • 3. Prevention of cardiorespiratory arrest.
  • 4. Resuscitation in a health center or area.
  • 5. Algorithm of Advanced Life Support adapted to ILS.
  • 6. Management of the airway and ventilation.
  • 7. Arrhythmias. Monitoring and recognition.
  • 8. Defibrillation.
  • 9. Means of drug administration.
  • 10. Medications.
  • 11. Post-resuscitation treatment.


Immediate Life Support courses are taught by accredited instructors from the IEM-Emergency Training Institute. The Institute for Medical Studies (IEM) is a center that provides specialized health training in emergencies at all levels. It has qualified instructors with experience in emergencies, up-to-date in the IEM with the Consell Català de Ressuscitació (CCR) and the National CPR Plan of the Spanish Society of Intensive, Critical Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) with the 2015 Life Support Recommendations of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).