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Frequently Asked Questions

What resuscitation course should I do?

How do I book a place on a course?

Can I be put onto a waiting list?

What do I do if I am unable to attend a course I am booked on?

Will I get a certificate for attending the course?

Where do I collect my ILS manual from?

Who should check our ward / area resuscitation trolley?

When should resuscitation trolleys be checked?

What do I do if an item is missing from the resuscitation trolley?

What is a Resuscitation Link Nurse?

Where do I find the pre-course reading for HLS and pHLS?

Which paediatric defibrillator pads should we have on our resuscitation trolley?



What resuscitation course should I do?

All clinical staff are required to complete Hospital Life Support (and Paediatric Hospital Life Support if involved with caring for children) on a yearly basis. You may be suitable for additional courses depending upon the area you work in and your clinical grade.  More information on each course can be found on our Education & Courses page.

How do I book a place on a course?

The dates of all our courses can be found on our Education & Courses page. Once you have identified the appropriate course and date you would like, you can email ekh-tr.resusbookings@nhs.net with these details and request a place. Please ensure you check you emails regularly for confirmation of a space and/or any special instructions.

Can I be put onto a waiting list?

Yes.  If the course you have requested is full we will inform you of that. You can then either be placed upon a waiting list or request an alternative date.

What do I do if I am unable to attend a course I am booked on?

Places on some courses are in high demand. If you are unable to attend due to sickness, staff shortages etc. please ensure that either you or your line manager informs us as soon as possible. We may then be able to offer your space to someone on the waiting list.

Will I get a certificate for attending the course?

Upon request, we can issue you with a certificate of attendance for HLS and PHLS courses and these are valid for 1 year.  ILS, ALS, NLS, PILS are Resuscitation Council UK courses and it is they who provide you with a certificate upon successful completion of the course.  It will usually take 3-4 weeks for these to arrive from the Resuscitation Council UK and for us to forward them to you.

Where do I collect my ILS manual from?

Once you have a place confirmed on a full ILS course, you will need to obtain an ILS manual. If you do not have copies in your department then please contact your site Resuscitation Officer.  

Who should check our ward / area resuscitation trolley?

Any member of the ward/area clinical staff can check the resuscitation trolley if they are familiar with the equipment and process. A senior member of staff will able to assist those who are not familiar.  

When should resuscitation trolleys be checked?

The resuscitation trolley should be checked once in every 24hr period. The person checking the trolley should sign to confirm it has been checked. It is also advisable to check it again after each use.

What do I do if an item is missing from the resuscitation trolley?

The majority of items can be found in the resuscitation trolley stock cupboard which is managed by Procurement. Your Resuscitation Link Nurse or ward/area Manager will be able to advise where it is on your site. Other items not from the cupboard must be ordered by your ward/area.  

What is a Resuscitation Link Nurse?

Each ward/area should have a Resuscitation Link Nurse. Their role is to be the “link” between you and the Resuscitation Department. They are charged with championing all issue relating to resuscitation such as trolley checking, audit and cascading relevant information. It can be a rewarding role for those with a specific interest in resuscitation. If your ward/area does not have a Resuscitation Link Nurse and you would like to take on that role then please speak to your site Resuscitation Officer.  

Where do I find the pre-course reading for HLS and pHLS?

Links to information can be found in our Education and Courses section 

Which paediatric defibrillator pads should we have on our resuscitation trolley?

Lifepak 20, 15 & 12

Lifepak 20
Lifepak 1000
Lifepak 1000

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