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Delivery Method

  • Classroom

Course Outcome:

This unit deals with the provision of advanced first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance. This unit also addresses the establishment and maintenance of facilities to enable or facilitate the provision of appropriate first aid in the workplace.  This unit also incorporates the content of HLTFA404A Apply advanced resuscitation techniques.

Entry Requirements:

To undertake a course in Occupational First Aid there is a prerequisite that participants Must hold a current Workplace First Aid (Senior First Aid) certificate or equivalent.

Nominal Duration:

28 hours

Qualification:

  • It is important that you attend each session of this course so that you are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.
  • Your Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment has been accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and entered on the National Training Information Service, recognised by the Victorian WorkCover Authority under their 'First Aid In The Workplace' - code of practice 1995, The Tasmanian Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources - (Workplace Standards Tasmania) and the S.A. 'Workplace Health & Safety Regulations 1998 - Regulation 9.
  • Your certificate will be valid for 3 years and the Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that you attend a resuscitation update every 12 months. If you are unable to attend any sessions, please contact your instructor.
  • When attending a class, please bring - This workbook; Your First Aid manual; Writing paper/pens or pencils.

Competencies to be achieved during the training:

At the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Apply First Aid to a casualty suffering Crush Injuries
2. Maintain the correct WorkCover documentation & Legislative requirements of an Occupational First Aider
3. Undertake the correct requirements for Running a First Aid Centre & Apply correct administration for Medications
3. Demonstrate the Safe use of Medical Oxygen Equipment and Administer Oxygen Therapy and Resuscitation to a casualty
4. Demonstrate an understanding of Toxicological Hazards and the use of Material Safety Data Sheets
5. Assess the Hazards of Confined Spaces
6. Administer First Aid for casualties suffering from Extremes of Temperature
7. Administer First Aid for Minor Wounds & Apply Infection Control Procedures
(A full copy of the course curriculum will be made available upon request)

Assessment Procedure:

You will be assessed at the end of the course to show your instructor that you have an appropriate understanding of the procedures necessary to manage a life-threatening situation.

This will consist of:

  • Examination paper (multiple choice & short answer)
  • Resuscitation demonstration (one and two persons)
  • Oxygen Resuscitation & Oxygen Therapy demonstration

You must pass each section to qualify for a certificate.

Element of Competence   Course Content
Primary First Aid Management    
1. Define Crush Syndrome  

- The potential physical effects & complications of Crush Injuries & Crush Syndrome

2. Demonstrate the first management of a conscious and unconscious patient suffering with crush injury and/or crush syndrome  

- First Aid Priority DRABCD Action Plan
- Management of a conscious and unconscious patient suffering with crush injury &/or crush syndrome

3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the content and requirements of relevant state government legislation relating to workplace first aid

  - Appropriate First Aid Regulations or Codes of Practice
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the content and requirements of the 'Register of Injuries'  

- Why it is necessary to maintain accurate records of all injuries in the workplace.
- Accurate completion of case records and other relevant documentation.

5. State the various routes of administration that a first aider is permitted to administer a medication  

- The (3) drug schedules most relevant to the first aider
- The various routes of administration that a first aider is permitted to administer a medication

6. List the most common types of medications stored in a first aid room  

- The most common types of medications stored in a first aid room

7. List the checks that must be made before administering a medication  

- Why medications must be administered accurately
- The checks that must be made before administering a medication

8. Demonstrate an ability to record medications given to a patient by an Occupational First Aider

  - Recording of medications given to a patient by an Occupational First Aider

9. Demonstrate an ability to develop and maintain a system where the First Aid room and all First Aid Kits are regularly checked and restocked.

  - First Aid Room Stocking systems & checks
10. State why some conditions may require Oxygen Therapy  

- Why some conditions may require Oxygen Therapy
- Recognition of a lack of oxygen

11. State the safety precautions that are required when using oxygen equipment.  

- Recognition of medical oxygen cylinders in Australia
- Components of a portable oxygen unit
- Safety precautions that are required when using oxygen equipment.

12. Demonstrate the correct method of administering Oxygen Therapy  

- Administering oxygen therapy to a breathing patient suffering hypoxia by using a :-
· Bi-nasal Cannula
· Fixed face mask.

13. Describe why First Aiders must seek medical advice / aid during administration of Oxygen to patients  

- Pay-Off Principle
- Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (C.O.A.D.) eg Emphysema

14. Demonstrate the safe use of Oxygen powered suction to a patient's airway  

- Correct and efficient techniques for providing oxygen-powered suction to both breathing and non-breathing patients.

15. Demonstrate the correct method of administering Oxygen Resuscitation  

- Appropriate selection and correct, safe and efficient assembly of oxygen-powered equipment supplied in class.
- Competent administration of oxygen resuscitation to a non-breathing casualty by using the:
· Self-Inflating Bag & mask
· Manual Oxygen Powered Resuscitator.

16. Interpret and assess the relevant information on material safety data sheets including: Health Hazard information and emergency first aid procedures.  

- Need and use of material safety data sheets
- Interpretation and assessment of the relevant information on Material #Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) including: Health Hazard information and Emergency First Aid procedures

17. List the possible routes by which chemicals may enter the body.

  - Possible routes by which chemicals may enter the body
18. Describe the First Aid management for the ingestion of corrosive and non- corrosive chemicals  

- Differences between a corrosive and non-corrosive poison
- First Aid management for the ingestion of corrosive and non-corrosive chemicals
- Safety precautions that need to be adopted to protect the lungs and skin against chemical contamination

19. Demonstrate a knowledge of the content and requirements of the relevant state government Health (Entry into confined spaces) Regulations  

- Hazards of confined spaces
- Definition of a "confined space"
- Content and requirements of the Health ( Entry into confined spaces) Regulations

20. Demonstrate the First aid management for Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke  

- Definition of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion.
- Signs and symptoms of exposure and their possible causes
- First aid management for exposure, as appropriate to either cool or warm the patient

21. Demonstrate the First Aid Management for Hypothermia   - Monitoring and Recording Vital Signs
- Seeking medical assistance as required

Facilities & Equipment:

Each participant will be provided with all of the intellectual materials required to study all modules. Each program will also be supported with adequate Teaching Aids to assist with the theory and practical training modules such as CPR manikins, Bandages, Visual Aids, Handouts etc as appropriate.

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