First Aid Responder (FAR)
First Aid Responder
The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has designed the First Aid Response (FAR) Standard to offer appropriate training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skillset including Cardiac First Response. This standard is designed to meet First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS) requirements that a person known as a “First Aid Responder” may encounter.
The First Aid Responder will possess the following general skills:
- Deal with life threatening or potentially life threatening conditions in the pre-hospital environment until the arrrival of emergency medical services.
- Provide First Aid Response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but which are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive.
- Provide pre-hospital First Aid Response in a wide range of environments including work, home and recreational settings.
- Display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self confidence while understanding their limitations.
3 Days which can be completed on consecutive days or over a number of weeks.
Cardiac First Response including defibrillation, choking and stroke
Common Medical Emergencies (Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning and Fainting)
Injury Management and Shock (Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains & Dislocations, Shock)
Care of the unconscious patient.
Burns and scalds, electric injury care.
Information Management & Communications.
The well-being of the First Aid Responder.
There is a practical and theory assessment which takes place at the end of Day 3.
Course participants must complete a multiple choice examination paper and 2 practical skills assessments. A mark of 80% or greater must be achieved to successfully complete the course.
Certification is under the auspices of PHECC. Successful candidates must recertify every 2 years.