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HLTAID013
Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in a remote or isolated site over an extended period of time until medical assistance is provided, or evacuation occurs.

This unit applies to any site where medical assistance is likely to be delayed.

First aid is to be provided in line with guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies.

Learning Objectives

First Aid and Fire's HLTAID013 Provide first Aid in remote or isolated site is part of the fully accredited first aid training that gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond in an emergency situation.

 

HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site is relevant for all persons who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

 

Performance Evidence Required

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the workplace or community setting. 

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace or site procedures:

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, breathing casualty including appropriate positioning to reduce the risk of airway compromise

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing adult including:

    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor

    • performing at least 2 minutes of ventilation and at least 2 minutes of compressions during a two-rescuer procedure on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor

    • following the prompts of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver at least one shock

    • responding appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting

    • demonstrating a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing infant, including:

    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface

  • managed casualties, with the following:

    • anaphylaxis

    • asthma

    • non-life-threatening bleeding

    • choking

    • minor wound cleaning and dressing

    • nosebleed

    • shock

    • envenomation, using pressure immobilisation

    • fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, using appropriate immobilisation techniques for remote situations and appropriate equipment improvisations

    • head, neck and spinal injuries

    • hypothermia and hyperthermia

    • life threatening bleeding requiring use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings

  • responded to at least one simulated first aid incident contextualised to the candidate’s workplace or community setting, where the candidate has no knowledge of the casualty’s condition prior to starting treatment, including:

    • identifying the casualty’s illness or injury through history, signs and symptoms

    • using personal protective equipment (PPE) as required 

    • conducting a secondary survey assessment

    • assessing vital signs respirations, pulse, temperature

    • level of consciousness

    • providing appropriate first aid treatment

    • conveying incident details to emergency services or advising casualty on any required post incident actionproviding an accurate verbal and written report of the incident

    • reviewing the incident

  • conducted a basic triage for a multiple casualty incident.

Knowledge Evidence Required

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • guidelines and procedures including:

    • ARC guidelines relevant to the provision of first aid 

    • first aid guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies including those relevant to remote or isolated sites

    • potential incident hazards and risk minimisation processes when providing first aid

    • infection control procedures, including use of standard precautions and resuscitation barrier devices

    • requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

    • first aid codes of practice

    • appropriate workplace or site procedures relevant to the provision of first aid

    • contents of first aid kits

  • legal, workplace and community considerations including:

    • duty of care requirements

    • own skills and limitations

    • consent and how it relates to the conscious and unconscious casualty

    • privacy and confidentiality requirements

    • awareness of potential need for stress management techniques and available support for rescuers

  • in relation to the administration of medication

    • legal requirements

    • the five rights

    • the responsibilities of the first aider

  • considerations when providing CPR, including:

    • upper airway and effect of positional change

    • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR

    • appropriate use of an AED

    • safety and maintenance procedures for an AED

    • chain of survival

    • how to access emergency services

  • techniques for providing CPR to adults, children and infants including:

    • how to recognise that a casualty is unconscious and not breathing normally

    • rate, ratio and depth of compressions and ventilations

    • correct hand positioning for compressions

    • basic anatomy, physiology and the differences between adults, children and infants relating to CPR

  • signs, symptoms and management of the following conditions or injuries:

    • allergic reaction

    • anaphylaxis

    • asthma

    • non-life-threatening bleeding 

    • burns

    • cardiac conditions, including chest pain

    • choking 

    • diabetes

    • drowning

    • envenomation - all current treatments

    • eye injuries

    • fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains

    • head, neck and spinal injuries

    • hypothermia 

    • hyperthermia

    • minor wounds

    • nose-bleed

    • poisoning

    • seizures

    • shock

    • sharps injuries

    • stroke

    • life threatening bleeding including use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings

  • considerations when providing first aid including:

    • assessment, interpretation and documentation of vital signs, including normal clinical values for respirations, temperature, pulse and level of consciousness

    • how to conduct a secondary assessment of a casualty

    • basic triage processes

    • ongoing care requirements of casualty beyond initial treatment

  • remote considerations in the provision of first aid, including:

    • the nature of remote or isolated sites and how this may impact on first aid management

    • key features, functions and limitations of different types of emergency communication equipment used in remote or isolated sites, and factors that affect choice:

    • radio equipment

    • mobile phones

    • satellite phones

    • alerting and tracking devices including personal locator beacons (PLBs)

  • management options relating to transporting casualty, including aero-medical evacuation

  • specific considerations contextualised to alpine, desert, marine, rural or remote settings and tropical environments

  • methods used to assist emergency services to locate incident sites and the key features, functions and limitations of resources used to assist:

    • verbal directions

    • flags

    • flares or smoke

    • fires

  • use of man-made and natural resources to supplement first aid equipment

  • content of remote area first aid kits

  • content of remote area medication boxes

  • psychological impacts of first aid incidents on rescuers and how to seek help.

Course Prerequisites

Students must be at least 14 years of age at the time of attendance. There are no prerequisites for the HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

Important note: In order to issue an accredited certificate, CPR must be performed on the floor with no exemptions.

Clothing: We suggest that you wear comfortable casual clothing, as the practical nature of the demonstrations and practice may possibly require bending, kneeling and lying on the floor. Pants and flat shoes are recommended.

Learn more about the Australian Government’s competency and assessment requirements for this course at https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/hltaid013

Course Details

Face to Face:

 

The face to face training is 2 Days and covers both theory and practical aspects of Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

 

Students are required to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the course commencement or will be refused entry.

 

There is a short multiple choice quiz at the end of the training covering the course theory learnt that day. 

 

Students will also be assessed on practical skills as a requirement to pass the course. .

 

Blended Learning:

 

Some theory completed online prior to face to face session.

 

The face to face training is 8 hours and covers some theory and the practical aspects of Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site

Certificate Validity

The HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site certificate is valid for 3 Years. 

 

The Code of Practice and Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills are refreshed annually.