Basic Life Support in Care Training


Covering Standard 12 of the Care Certificate, this online training course educates the user on the basic administration of basic life support. It is broken down into 3 basic elements, initial assessment (primary survey), airway maintenance, and CPR.

The course aims to help the user understand what to do if an adult, a child or an infant is choking, what DRABC stands for and how it allows you to to perform a primary survey, and the knowledge the user is required to know as part of Standard 12 of the Care Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • The three basic elements of life support: initial assessment, airway maintenance, and CPR.
  • To understand the meaning of, and apply, the life support acronym DR’S ABCD.
  • The requirements of standard 12 of the care certificate.
  • What to do if an infant, child, or adult is choking.

Course Contents

This course consists of four sections:

Section 1: basic life support for adults

Section 1 of this course details basic life support procedures for adults, including how to perform an initial assessmentor primary surveywith the implementation of the acronym DR’S ABCD, how to respond in a health emergency, how to deal with obstructed airways, and how to perform CPR.

Section 2: treating a choking child

Section 2 examines signs that a child (between 1 year old and puberty) is choking or struggling to breathe and how to help them, including treating obstructed airways and performing CPR.

Section 3: obstructed airways—infants

Infants (under the age of 1) are unable to communicate if they are choking or unable to breathe. This section details the warning signs of obstructed airways in infants and how to treat them with CPR.

Section 4: training and record keeping

The final section of this course discusses further life support training you can seek, and how to keep records of incidents and the measures taken in response.

About the Course


Basic life support training includes three stages: the primary survey, airway maintenance, and CPR. The steps of a primary survey can be remembered through the acronym DR’S ABCD:

  • (D) Dangercheck whether it is safe to approach the casualty.
  • (R) Responseis the casualty alert and talking?
  • (S)Shout for help.
  • (A) Airwaysopen their airway if unresponsive.
  • (B) Breathinglook to see if they are breathing normally.
  • (C) CPR/circulationif not breathing, commence CPR, if breathing check for bleeding and put in the recovery position.
  • (D) If CPR is needed, a defibrillator should be used alongside it, if possible.

Adults, children and infants may require different treatment. This course is split into different modules to cover the requirements of each age group. The final module discusses record keeping and further life support training that can be undertaken.

Standard 12 of the care certificate—Basic Life Support in Care—requires staff to:

  • Provide basic life support to those in care.

This course works alongside the 14 other awareness courses that make up the care certificate standards. 

Offering practice-based information and advice, this course acts as a precursor to the practical training required to obtain the care certificate.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 30 minutes to complete.


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