BASICS Scotland Core Skills days – Cardiac

This is a one-day hands-on course which focuses on the knowledge and skills required to assess and treat a patient involved in a pre-hospital cardiac event.

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 demonstrate a structured A-E assessment of the critically ill patient.

• To practise identification, treatment and management of a patient’s airway, including supraglottic airways (SGA’s) and 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.

• To discuss the importance of using time wisely to allocate roles and prepare environment.

• To discuss considerations for stopping resuscitation as a team

What the day looks like:

The session begins with a facilitated discussion during which we will get to know you, the work you do and your experience of managing and treating a patient suffering a cardiac emergency to help us support you through the day.

Starting with the basics, you will be given the opportunity to practice your airway management, basic life support and defibrillator skills in our skills stations and then consolidate your learning by working as a team through 2 simulated scenarios.

We then introduce you to IO needle insertion and allow you time to practice and receive feedback in our skills station which 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 simulated 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.


£50 per person per day (this includes access to relevant e-learning modules)

How to book:

Please email in the first instance

Number of attendees:

Minimum 3, Maximum 6


Health Care Professionals responding to or working towards responding in the pre-hospital environment.

What do I need to bring?

Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for all weathers.

Hosting a core skills day:

if you wish us to come to your location and deliver to your staff please email

Wider context

All our educational courses are available to health care professionals across Scotland who have an interest in or are working in the pre-hospital care field. The scope of educational materials ranges from on-line e-learning, podcasts, resource hub, tele-education (adult and paediatric). Core skills face to face teaching, virtual skills training (PODs), our Pre-hospital Emergency Care Course (PHECC) and our Pre-hospital paediatric life support course (PHPLS).