frontpage courses manikin beacon 930x250COMPASS is the training course for healthcare professionals involved in the National Early Warning Score programme. The ViEWS score is calculated from a patient’s vital signs, triggering an escalating series of interventions.

The course is intended to teach healthcare staff how to anticipate, recognise and prevent critical illness at an early stage, thereby preventing unnecessary cardiac arrest and improving the quality of care for those patients who may subsequently require admission to a critical care facility.

The COMPASS course explains the rationale for the ViEWS score, how to calculate it and how to act on a rising score.


It is intended for participants who provide healthcare to patients in a wide variety of settings. COMPASS is most valuable for ward-level medical and nursing professionals.

These healthcare professionals may include (but are not limited to) Resident Medical Officers, Interns, Clinical Nurse Managers and Nurses.

COMPASS or COMPASS+? View the comparison chart here (pdf).

Eligibility Checklist

Healthcare Provider
Working in a hospital/clinic that uses the National Early Warning Score system

Course content


  • The anatomy and physiology of shock
  • The ViEWS score
  • Calculating the ViEWS score
  • ViEWS example case
  • Troubleshooting
  • Practical scenario x 4


  • Vital signs measurement technique
  • ABCDE assessment
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Non-invasive airway management (OPA)
  • Non-invasive ventilation (BVM)
  • Human factors aspects of Early Warning Scores

Practical scenarios involve students working together in teams of four, managing simple cases discussed during the  group discussions using simulation manikins and real equipment (including airway and oxygen delivery devices, IV access and fluid therapy and an assortment of monitoring devices).

Cases are presented to the students using realistic hospital charts including case notes, admission details, vital signs and drug prescription charts.

Students are encouraged to approach the case systematically as a team and to call for expert help when appropriate.


  • CD-ROM tutorial 2 hours
  • Face-to-face 4 hours (COMPASS), 6 hours (COMPASS+)

Criteria for successful completion

There is no formal assessment on the COMPASS course. Students must attend the full course and actively participate in the group discussions and roleplay scenarios.


Participants who complete the course,will receive a course completion certificate issued by Code Blue.


Our Instructors come from an Irish healthcare setting and all remain in day-to-day clinical practice. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach. They work in areas such as ICU, CCU, A&E and healthcare education and are highly experienced in COMPASS and other emergency courses such as ACLS and PALS.

Course materials

The following materials are delivered to the candidate’s work address by registered courier.

  • An Official COMPASS Provider textbook
  • A COMPASS Tutorial CD-ROM
  • A course programme

Online component?

No, but there is a CD-ROM tutorial to be completed before attending the course.

CPD/CEU credits?

All Code Blue courses are eligible for CPD/CME points. The exact number of points you can claim depends on what your occupation/speciality is.

This course is eligible for up to 4 hours (6 hours for COMPASS+) of face-to-face CPD and up to 2 hours of online CPD.

More information on Medical Council and An Bord Altranais

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