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Acute Resuscitation

  • Recognition of immediately life threatening metabolic, cardiac, pulmonary and neurological dysfunction.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to identify the causes of cardio respiratory arrest, especially those causes which are rapidly reversible.
  • Knowledge of the manifestations and consequences of immediately life threatening metabolic and organ system abnormalities.
  • Knowledge of established treatment algorithms for the management of immediately life threatening situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to clear and maintain the airway together with the use of mouth-to-mask ventilation and the use of hand-held resuscitators.
  • Knowledge of the principles and demonstrated ability to conduct external cardiac compression.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct combined mechanical ventilation and external cardiac compression in one-person and two-person rescue.
  • Knowledge of the indications for and demonstrated ability to successfully undertake external cardiac defibrillation.
  • Ability to undertake endotracheal intubation in an emergency situation;
  • proficiency in intravenous access in the emergency situation.
  • Ability to diagnose and correct life threatening acute cardiac dysrhythmias.
  • Ability to respond to an emergency in a positive, organised and effective manner including the ability to direct an emergency team.
  • Sensitivity to the emotional and psychological impact of acute emergency situations on patients, families and staff, together with the capability of providing appropriate counselling.