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Five Alive

This course is designed for all non-critical care nursing staff. It teaches cognitive and psychomotor skills to help them initiate and manage care for patients exhibiting signs of declining health status. The topics of focus include:
  • Early recognition of declining patient status
  • Familiarization with hospital policy for appropriate interventions
  • Proper activation of the medical emergency team (MET)/code team
  • Proficient management of unit personnel
  • Use of effective communication skills

Learning objectives

  • Identify declining patient health status requiring urgent intervention
  • Execute proper first responder procedure per hospital policy
  • Perform appropriate interventions based upon patient assessment
  • Demonstrate proper techniques of basic life support in a timely manner
  • Manage unit personnel responding to urgent patient situations
  • Provide effective communication to all responders
  • Maintain accurate documentation of events
  • Give appropriate hand-off report to transfer nurses

Expected outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will confidently provide fast and effective first responder care before the MET or code team arrives. This will be achieved through recognition of urgent patient events, activation of proper interventions, and demonstration of effective communication skills.


  • Nursing staff

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