Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Acting in Emergencies: BLS and Summoning Assistance

Acting in emergencies: BLS and summoning assistance


This chapter describes the fundamental skills of effective basic life support (BLS) and includes a practical step-by-step approach to running a basic life support simulation and basic skills assessment toolkit.


To understand and discuss:

  • The importance of summoning prompt assistance in an emergency situation
  • The identification of the key issues, correct sequence and technique for performing effective basic life support
  • The use of SBAR as a communication tool in critical situations.

Introduction to the Skill

Basic life support is often described as the ‘cornerstone of resuscitation’ and is an essential part of the chain of survival, as described by the Resuscitation Council UK (2010).

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