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Immediate Life Support European Resuscitation Council

The Immediate Life Support course is a multidisciplinary 1-day course which provides the essential knowledge and skills that are important in the initial phase of treating a critically ill patient who needs resuscitation. Therefore, it is suited for the training of healthcare providers at all stages and levels.

This course meets the requirements of those who need more advanced skills than those taught during Basic Life Support (BLS) courses but who do not require Advanced Life Support skills such as team leadership.

Pre-Course Preparation

  • The ERC ALS course manual (Same manual for both ALS & ILS candidates) & study material is available for online access on the ERC course management system (CoSy) which is a comprehensive virtual learning platform that provides candidates with course material and the pre course assessment and stimulates lifelong learning. The candidates are provided with secure login so that they can access the “CoSy” and complete the learning and assessment prior to attending the course.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to gain the necessary knowledge before completing the mandatory pre-course multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ). This pre-course assessment provides a baseline measure upon which new learning can be built and MCQ should be completed without reference to the course manual.
  • We encourage candidates to complete the online learning modules and assessment 3 days prior to the course.

Hands-On Training - Method of Delivery

The ILS course has a high ratio of instructors to candidates (1: 3 to 1:6). The face-to-face teaching is mainly delivered in small groups with hands-on practical skill stations and scenario-based simulations.

Skill Stations Cardiac Arrest Simulation Scenario Teaching
  • BLS & Safe defibrillation
  • ABCDE approach to management of a deteriorating patient
  • Intraosseous access
  • Step up approach to air way management in a cardiac arrest
  • Cardiac arrest management -Team based approach with emphasis on non-technical skills.
  • Treatment of shockable rhythms
  • Treatment of non-shockable rhythms
  • Decision-making during resuscitation
  • Post-resuscitation care
Demonstrations Lectures
  • ABCDE approach to management of a deteriorating patient
  • BLS & Safe defibrillation
  • Cardiac arrest management
  • Air way management in a cardiac arrest

ALS algorithm

  • ECG Interpretation

Assessment and Certification

Continuous assessment (observed throughout the course by the instructors)

  • Airway management and ventilation
  • Recognition of cardiac arrest and delivery of high-quality CPR
  • Safe manual defibrillation
  • Application of knowledge & skills as an arrest team member.

If you fail to perform to the desired standards of the ILS course, you may receive a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate instead of an ILS certificate.

The ILS course is recognized for continuing professional development. We recommend that you update your skills regularly. (annually as a minimum)

ERC ILS Instructor Potential (IP) candidates

Candidates who perform outstandingly well during the ILS course may be nominated for ILS instructor training by the faculty. They may be offered the opportunity of attending an ERC- Generic Instructor Course (GIC) subsequently.

ERC ILS Course - Registration

Fill in the online ERC ISL candidate application form
  • Applicants will receive a system generated copy of the google form. Please ensure you check your emails regularly once you register for the course.
  • If you do not receive a system generated email as above, it could mean that the entered email is invalid or entered incorrectly or it may have gone to the spam folder.
  • Once you are allocated to a course, you will receive an email with bank account details to proceed with the payment.

Course Fee: Sri Lankans (subsidized) = 12,000.00 LKR Course fee covers the cost of personalised ERC- ALS course manual (soft copy) & access to online ERC ILS study material, lunch, and refreshments throughout the course duration & the ILS certificate (soft copy)

Method of payment: course fee can be paid to any branch of the Bank of Ceylon or online/Internet bank transfer.

Bank Bank of Ceylon
Branch Regent Street
Account Name College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka-CPR
Account Type Current
Account number Once you are allocated to a course, you will receive an email with bank account details.
Instructions to the bank Enter surname with initials & ‘ERC ILS’ on the deposit slip & ask the bank officer to enter above reference details in the electronic data system of the bank
Paying slip please e-mail the scanned copy or a photograph of the paying slip to [email protected]

Once the payment is completed, you will be added to the ERC BLS course candidate list, following which you can download your ERC BLS provider manual & access the online study material including the pre-course MCQ.

  • All candidates should create an ERC guest account (Free)
  • You can create it irrespective of your payment status (Please make sure you enter your First Name, Middle name & Surname & Email correctly)
  • The ILS Certificate will be a system generated copy.