2023-2024 / URGC0110-3

First Aid


2h Th, 4h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation1 crédit 
 Bachelor in motor sciences1 crédit 
 Bachelor in pharmacy1 crédit 


Vincent Bonhomme

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The approach of an individual presenting a critical health problem, such as a dead-like state, is a fundamental element of knowledge for any kind of health practitioner. The ability to perform adequate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in accordance with the most recent recommandations and including the use of an external automatic defibrillator (EAD) should be within the competencies of all citizens. Any future health care professional has to perfectly master those techniques.
This course encompasses two hours of theoretical lesson, describing the organization of the Emergency Medical Aid in Belgium, the general principles governing the intervention of medical assistance, and the principles of CPR and EAD use.
One session of practicals helps to apprehend the Basic Life Support (BLS, including CPR and EAD use). It will be given either on a computerized mannequin with visual and audio feedback, or through an e-learning module.
For this course, the acquisition of autonomic competencies is emphasized.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to :

  • Explain the organization of Emergency Medical Aid in Belgium
  • Explain the general pinciples of medical aid intervention
  • Detect an apparent dead state
  • Insure airway permeability in an unconscious victim, and using the security lateral position
  • Perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with international rules (ECR-Ilcor)
  • Securely using an External Automatic Defibrillator (EAD) 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A theoretical course (lecture) is given during the firs or second quadrimester, depending on the concerned section (medicine, dental sciences, pharmacy, biomedical sciences, kinesitherapy, motor sciences).
The study of Introduction, and chapiters 1, 2, 6, et 3 (part 5) of the book « Premiers Secours », 2d ou 3d edition", T. Hosmans, J. Micheels, M. Lamy, Les Editions de la Province de Liège, is requested.
The students will beneficiate from an e-learning or participate to an obligatory practical session, organized in small groups of 20 to 30 students. The participation to the practical session necessitates preliminary registration in order to optimize the organization. The composition of each group, as well as the date and time of the session are sent by the pedagogic coordinators through an email. They must be rigorously respected. Any group change must be approved  by the course organizers. The sessions are provided in "Salle Marcel Hanquet", 2d floor of the Central Bloc, at the Liege University Hospital, Sart-Tilman. The pratical sessions are given with the valuable help of the students-teachers of the Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine Department. Secondarily, and when material will be available or if available this year, each student will perform one or more individual training sessions on a computerized "whole body" mannequin, equipped with a visual and audio feedback system, allowing the student to efficiently practice. When the student esimates that his/her performance is adequate, he/she can validate the practice, which then count as his/her evaluation. If minimal performance is not attained, he/she can continue practicing until attaining the expected skills. The booking of individual training sessions on a mannequin must be done through a dedicated website, and the student is personally adivsed of the date and time by email. The programmed session has a duration of 30 minutes, but can be repeated as much as needed within 3 months after the group practical session, and before the end of the quadrimester latest. The booking site generates a confirmation email with a bar code needed to access the training room. This room is accessible to the student only at the time of appointment. Video recording insures material security and fraud control. Each participant must be present in person and alone in the skills station room. No material disassembly is allowed. Any offence to these rules will be considered as a fraud and will lead to a score of 0 for the evaluation of the entire course, as well as the systematic report to the second exam session.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Recommended or required readings

  • Obligatoory : "Premiers Secours", 2d or 3d édition, T. Hosmans, J. Micheels, M. Lamy, Les Editions De la Province de Liege.
  • Slides of the theoretical course, available on MyULiege.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam

- Remote

written exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Teachers :
Professor Vincent Bonhomme, head, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Liege University Hospital; Tel: 04/366 7180; Fax: 04/366 7636
Secrétariat :
Valérie Godin, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Liege University Hospital, route 12 ; Tel: 04/366 7179; Fax: 04/366 7636 e-mail : tp.anesrea@uliege.be
Tony Hosmans, Master in Public Health Sciences (04/366 7775) e-mail : tony.hosmans@uliege.be

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