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First Aid Courses

Cork & Nationwide

PHECC Cardiac First Responder Advanced Level Course 
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A cardiac first responder Advanced level is a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who can respond to someone who has suddenly collapsed. Entry to the CFR Advanced level is aimed at persons who may be working in the emergency medical services, fire and rescue services or a healthcare professional working in healthcare facilities or in the community. In addition to responding to patients in the course of their duties responders can provide lifesaving skills in their homes and communities. In addition to the competencies taught at CFR Community level, the Advanced level course teaches the airway management: suctioning, use of an oropharyngeal airway (OPA), supraglottic airway (SGA) uncuffed devices, bag valve mask (BVM), pulse checks, roles in team resuscitation and oxygen administration. If there is a concern about maintaining competency in all the required CFR Advanced level skills (in particular BVM use), Council recommends that an individual consider seriously that CFR Community level is more appropriate.

The Cardiac First Responder Advanced Level Course can be delivered onsite or offsite as required in Cork and Nationwide. The cardiac first responder course is delivered by registered Prehospital Emergency Care Council practitioners with frontline ambulance experience. 

PHECC Cardiac First Responder Advanced Level Course 

Entry criteria: Minimum age for entry is eighteen

Course duration: 6 hours

​Module 1: Basic Emergency Care 

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation

  • Obvious signs of death and when resuscitation is not indicated

  • Heart attack, Stroke, Cardiac arrest and Choking

  • FAST assessment (Face, Arms, Speech & Time assessment)

  • One-responder, two-responder CPR & Team Resuscitation 

  • Carrying out a pulse check within 10 seconds

  • Management of a choking patient who is responsive and then becomes unresponsive

  • Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) 300 mg tablet administration for cardiac chest pain as per the PHECC Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Post resuscitation care management for patients following return of normal spontaneous breathing

Module 2: Airway And Ventilation 

  • The component parts of an oxygen delivery system (oxygen cylinders types, regulators demand valve, constant flow meter etc)

  • The principles of safe operation for an oxygen delivery system and correct/safe storage requirements appropriate to circumstances and list potential hazards

  • Learn how to establish, clear and maintain a patent airway using approved airways and suction devices

  • How to administer oxygen in accordance with approved airway and ventilation equipment

  • When oxygen can be administered in accordance with PHECC CPGs and Medication Formulary

  • The legal restrictions/regulations regarding the administration and possession of medical oxygen

Module 3: Accessing and Use of an Automated External Defibrillator

  • The functions of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

  • When to use an AED

  • The steps of AED operation

  • The safety precautions for using an AED

  • Steps to check and maintain an AED

Module 4: Safety and Communication

  • The links in the chain of survival

  • The importance of calling 112/ 999

  • How using a RED Card (Request Emergency Dispatch card) can enhance communication

  • The elements of scene safety

  • The benefits of an explicit handover, including documentation as appropriate, between Responders and healthcare professionals

  • The role of the Cardiac First Response (CFR) report and the benefits of collecting information for the out of hospital cardiac arrest register (OHCAR)

  • Patient confidentiality

Certification: PHECC Cardiac First Responder Advanced Course

 

 Certication valid for 2 years

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