Basic Cardiac Life Support Workshop


This workshop is primarily designed for Nursing Staff in all areas to ensure they are competent to provide prompt emergency treatment and care to any patient / relative or staff member during a Code Blue situation.


Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) is also referred as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

The fundamental aspects of BCLS include immediate recognition of sudden cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system, early CPR, and rapid defibrillation. Early CPR is the best treatment for cardiac arrest until the arrival of defibrillator and Advanced Cardiac Life Support care; it prevents Ventricular Fibrillation from deteriorating to asystole, may increase the chance of defibrillator, contributes to preservation of heart and brain functioning and significantly improves survival.


At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to;

  1. Recognize indications for CPR.
  2. Perform basic cardiac life support for adult & peadiatric patients competently.
  3. Identifies deteriorating patients using the Early Warning Scoring System Tool both for Adult & Peadiatric patients.
  4. Increases knowledge and improve skills in nursing responsibilities and accountabilities pre, during and post code blue situation.
  5. Identifies emergency equipment required in code blue situation, operates and maintain them accordingly.
  6. Recognize normal ECG rhythm and arrhythmias.
  7. Familiarize self with the proceedings in Advance Cardiac Life Support.


  • Introduction to Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Indications for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Causes of Cardiopulmonary Arrest
  • Ethical Issues in Resuscitation
  • Early Warning Scoring System- Adult & Peadiatric
  • Nursing Responsibilities in a Code Blue
  • CPR Form and documentation
  • Guidelines for use of Emergency Equipment
  • Sequence of CPR- Adult & Peadiatric and Post- resuscitation Support
  • Introduction to Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & team
  • Defibrillation
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Medications in ACLS
  • Adjuncts for Oxygenation, Ventilation, and Airway Control