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Essential Critical Care Skills for HCAs

Duration: 3 Day(s)
CPD Hours: 24
Start Time: 09:15
End Time: 16:30


This 3 day course is for Health Care Assistants who work, or have the ambition to work, in a critical care environment. It will equip them with essential theoretical knowledge to enhance their patient contact skills and give them the confidence to contribute to integrated high quality care for the critically ill patients within their scope of practice.


Day 1:

The Critically Ill Patient and Environment

Indications for Admission to Critical Care

Levels of Care

Relatives and Visitors – Visiting in Critical Care

Common devices and Key Equipment

Bedside safety checks

Emergency equipment and Trolleys

Overview of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Critically Ill patient

Skills to monitor and assist/ implement care of the critically ill patient.

Airway observations and interventions

Respiratory observations and monitoring

Basic blood-gas interpretation

Oxygen Therapy and Humidification,

Suctioning, Effective coughing and Patient Positioning.

Non-Invasive and Invasive Ventilation – Observations and Monitoring


Day 2:

Skills to monitor and assist/ implement care of the critically ill patient (cont.)

Cardiac and Haemodynamic observations

Basic interpretation of Electrocardiograms

Lab Blood and Biomarkers results interpretation.

Arterial and Central Access

Fluid Therapies

VTE Risk and Prophylaxis

Temperature Monitoring and interventions

Renal observations

Fluid output and balance

Urinalysis interpretation

Urinary devices care

Gastrointestinal observations

Nutritional and Hydration needs and interventions.

Blood glucose monitoring and interpretation


Day 3:

Skills to monitor and assist/ implement care of the critically ill patient (cont.)

Neurological observations and monitoring

Mental state, Rest and Sleep interventions

Pain observations and monitoring

Pain control and Comfort measures – nonpharmacological

Principles of Pharmacology - Key Critical Care medications.

Skin assessment

Pressure damage prevention

Basic Wound care interventions

Mouth Care, Eye Care and Personal Care

Repositioning, Joint Positioning & Range of Movement

Key aspects for the safe Transfer of the critically ill patient

Physiological and emotional wellbeing

Non-technical skills

Other Enhanced Skills and attitudes

Early Recognition of abnormal signs and symptoms and escalation of concerns

National Early Warning Score System

SBAR approach


At the end of this course attendees will be able to:

  • Have a sound understanding of the critical care environment, including reasons for admission, levels of care and visiting.
  • Be aware of essential equipment and devices.
  • Recognise the importance of performing bedside safety checks and key emergency equipment and trolleys.
  • Understand terminology commonly used in critical care areas.
  • Identify and understand how critical illness affects key anatomy and physiology aspects.
  • Take and monitor vital signs of the critically ill patient.


  • Healthcare Assistants


Live Online Instructor Led Course

04/11/2024 - 06/11/2024
£ 499.00
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