Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Skills at Ireland's Centre of Excellence: Providing Immediate Care Courses for 25 years   

The Immediate Care Cardiac, Trauma and Paediatric courses are designed to meet the needs of General Practitioners and other healthcare professionals who may encounter life threatening emergencies in the pre hospital environment. See below for more details on each course.

Faculty: include General Practitioners, Nurses, Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics of the National Ambulance Service Paramedics and Dublin Fire Brigade
Locations: Courses are delivered at various venues across the country and may be arranged on request
CPD: All UCD CEMS short courses are approved for Continuing Professional Development points 

Fees: Immediate Care Courses: €300 

Immediate Care Cardiac Course:

The aim of the course is to provide participants with the clinical competence to manage life-threatening cardiac related emergencies in a pre-hospital setting. The course content is based on refreshing the participant’s knowledge of the chain of survival, the recognition and management of life-threatening arrhythmias, the roles of individual team members in managing cardiac arrest and the administration of anti-arrhythmic and other cardiac medications. 

Topics include:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Management of life-threatening emergencies
  • Integration of critical procedures in a simulated emergency situation
  • Basic and advanced airway management and oxygen therapy
  • Use of Automated External Defibrillator

Immediate Care Trauma Course:

Immediate Care Trauma Courses equip participants to manage trauma related life-threatening emergencies in a pre-hospital setting. The course content is a mixture of sessions dealing with the principles of management of serious trauma and participation on a range of skill stations. Much of the day is spent on skill stations allowing sufficient time for hands-on practice of skills and familiarisation with the equipment needed to manage and stabilise a trauma patient. The standard course is planned around road traffic accident procedures, planning and preparation. However, concepts learned in this module are applicable to any trauma situation. 

Topics include:

  • Dealing with head injuries and multi-system trauma
  • Primary and secondary patient surveys
  • Spinal Immobilisation
  • Airway management
  • Fluid resuscitation
  • Close teamwork with the emergency services


Immediate Care Paediatric Course:

The aim of this course is to offer clinicians the opportunity to become more confident and competent in dealing with serious paediatric emergencies in the pre-hospital environment. The format of the day is a combination of lectures, skills stations, workshops and small group scenarios.

Topics include:

  • Basic Life Support/choking/AED use
  • Airway and ventilation skills
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Pain management
  • Sepsis / Shock management
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Paediatric calculations

There is a strong focus on hands on skills practice. The clinical practice guidelines published by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council will provide core background material for the day.


Other short courses available to groups upon request:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Anaphylaxis for healthcare professionals
  • BLS and Anaphylaxis for healthcare professionals
  • Clinical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training for healthcare professionals
  • ECG recognition for General Practitioners

Should you wish to avail of any of the above courses, please contact us at and we would be happy to help.