Developed by WHO and International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), in collaboration with the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), the Basic Emergency Care (BEC): Approach to the acutely ill and injured is an open-access training course for first contact health workers who manage acute illness and injury with limited resources. Well-trained first contact health workers are cornerstones of strong integrated health services to provide timely, quality care. BEC teaches a systematic approach to the initial assessment and management of time-sensitive critical conditions where early intervention saves lives. The goal of these modules is to prepare and support all health providers as they provide emergency care to seriously ill patients.
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A systematic approach to emergency conditions saves lives, even when specialised care is not available. To this end, the WHO, in collaboration with the ICRC and IFEM, developed the BEC course for first contact health workers who manage acute life-threatening conditions with limited resources. This course introduces a systematic approach to managing time-sensitive critical conditions even before a diagnosis is known. The WHO/ICRC BEC Course introduces a practical and systematic management approach to emergency conditions divided into five modules: the ABCDE approach, trauma, difficulty in breathing, shock and altered mental status. It also includes content on handover and medications.
Since its launch in 2015, the BEC course has been taught worldwide using a 5-day structure delivery through lectures, workbook questions, small group case scenarios, multiple choice questions and skills stations. These modules on the Open WHO provide the essential knowledge covered in the 5 days course. The content is meant to be used as refresher material or as a ‘just-in-time' educational resource.
BEC skills are not covered in the OpenWHO offering.
Course duration: Approximately 7 hours.
Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available across all of the quizzes. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.
Note: Review of the WHO/ICRC BEC content on OpenWHO will NOT allow the learner to be a ‘BEC trained provider’. To receive BEC certification, training must be done via a face-to-face training OR via the WHO Academy PLUS a 2-day in-person Portable Learning Lab.