2023-2024 / URGC0111-1

First aid


2h Th, 4h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine1 crédit 
 Bachelor in dentistry1 crédit 
 Bachelor in medicine1 crédit 


Vincent Bonhomme

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


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.

Online Practical Exercises (e-Learning or e-TP) and an in-person Practical Exercise session (TP) are used to familiarize students with the practice of Basic Life Support (BLS), including CPR and the use of an AED. To complete the acquisition of skills, each student practices, one or more times, on a computerized mannequin that provides feedback.

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 procedural knowledge related to Resuscitation, Defibrillation, and Airway Clearance is practiced during online practical exercises (e-TP). Each of these components is assessed through an online test, which contributes to the course grade.

Each student participate to an obligatory practical session, organized in small groups of 15 students. 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.

Subsequently, each student conducts one or more individual training sessions on a computerized mannequin equipped with a feedback system to practice effectively (Station d'Entrainement Autonome à la Réanimation - SEAR). When they believe their performance is adequate, the student can validate their exercise as an assessment. If the minimum required performance levels are not met, they must continue training until they achieve the expected results.

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 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)

Blended learning

Additional information:

  • Theoretical Course: in-person
  • Online Practical Exercises (e-TP): remote
  • Practical Exercises: in-person in groups
  • Autonomous Resuscitation Training Station: in-person individually
  • Exam: Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) remotely

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.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Continuous Assessment

Attendance at Collective Practical Work: 10%

e-Learning: up to 15% of the final grade

Autonomous Resuscitation Training Station: up to 45% of the final grade



Online Multiple Choice Quiz: up to 30% of the final grade

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

To be eligible for an exemption from the course, you must have obtained a certification-bearing diploma within the 12 months preceding the start of the academic year. The request must have been submitted at the beginning of the year when defining the individual program.


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

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Slides of the lecture given on September 14, 2022
Slides of the lecture given on September 14, 2022