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Unit of competency details

HLTFA201B - Provide basic emergency life support (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to HLTFA201A - Provide basic emergency life support 24/Mar/2011
Is superseded by HLTFA211A - Provide basic emergency life supportSignificant changes to required skills and knowledge. Changes to Range Statement and some performance criteria. Evidence guide updated. 06/May/2012

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2011

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PUA12 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 1.0-2.1 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 5.1 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 2.0-4.1 
CSC12 - Correctional Services Training PackageCorrectional Services Training Package 1.0-1.1 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PUA33012 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations) 1-2 
PUA21312 - Certificate II in Public Safety (SES)Certificate II in Public Safety (SES) 
PUA21012 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) 
HLT42507 - Certificate IV in Allied Health AssistanceCertificate IV in Allied Health Assistance 
HLT32512 - Certificate III in Health Services AssistanceCertificate III in Health Services Assistance 
HLT32507 - Certificate III in Health Services AssistanceCertificate III in Health Services Assistance 
HLT32407 - Certificate III in Allied Health AssistanceCertificate III in Allied Health Assistance 
FDF20911 - Certificate II in Food Processing (Sales)Certificate II in Food Processing (Sales) 1-3 
FDF20211 - Certificate II in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingCertificate II in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 1-3 
FDF20111 - Certificate II in Food ProcessingCertificate II in Food Processing 1-3 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069907 First Aid  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069907 First Aid  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Descriptor 

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to life threatening emergencies using basic life support measures only

Application of the Unit

Application 

The skills and knowledge described here enable a first aider to provide an initial response to an emergency in line with practised actions and Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines and/or state/territory regulations, legislation and policies and accepted industry guidelines

Application should be contextualised as required to reflect workplace and community requirements relating to specific risks and hazards and associated injuries

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Pre-Requisites

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains Employability Skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements define the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

The Performance Criteria specify the level of performance required to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Terms in italics are elaborated in the Range Statement.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Respond in an emergency situation

1.1 Recognise emergency situation and identify hazards  to health and safety of self and others

1.2 Minimise immediate risk to health and safety of self, casualty and others by isolating any hazard(s)

1.3 Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions

1.4 Assess the need for assistance

2. Apply identified first aid procedures

2.1 Reassure casualty in a caring and calm manner and make comfortable using available resources

2.2 Determine and explain the nature of casualty's injury /condition  and relevant first aid procedures to provide comfort

2.3 Seek consent from casualty or significant other prior to applying first aid management

2.4 Respond to the casualty in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner

2.5 Use identified first aid procedures  as required in accordance with established first aid principles, policies and procedures, ARC Guidelines and/or state/territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements

2.6 Use safe manual handling techniques as required

3. Communicate details of the incident

3.1 Request ambulance support and/or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstances and using available means of communication

3.2 Accurately convey assessment of casualty's condition and first aid procedures undertaken to emergency services/relieving personnel

3.3 Calmly provide information to reassure casualty, adopting a communication style to match the casualty's level of consciousness

3.4 Provide reports, where applicable, in a timely manner, presenting all relevant facts according to established procedures

3.5 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with privacy principles and statutory and/or organisation policies

4. Evaluate own performance

4.1 Seek feedback from appropriate clinical expert 

4.2 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on rescuers of involvement in critical incidents

4.3 Participate in debriefing/evaluation as appropriate to improve future response and address individual needs

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge :

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes knowledge of:

  • Awareness of stress management techniques and available support
  • Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
  • absence of signs of life:
  • unconscious
  • unresponsive
  • not moving
  • not breathing normally
  • choking/airway obstruction
  • severe bleeding
  • shock
  • Chain of survival
  • Duty of care requirements
  • First aid procedures for:
  • airway management
  • bleeding control
  • care of unconscious
  • casualty with no signs of life
  • chest pain
  • infection control as it relates to standard precautions
  • respiratory distress, including asthma
  • severe allergic reaction
  • shock
  • How to access emergency response support services/personnel
  • Need to be culturally aware, sensitive and respectful
  • Own skills and limitations
  • Privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • Relevant workplace hazards
  • State/territory regulations, legislation and policies, ARC Guidelines and accepted industry practice relating to currency of skill and knowledge
  • Understanding of the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), including when to use and when not to

Essential skills :

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes the ability to:

  • Assess vital signs and responses of casualty
  • Call an ambulance and/or medical assistance, according to circumstances and report casualty's condition
  • Demonstrate first aid casualty management principles:
  • assess and minimise danger
  • check for response
  • maintain casualty's airway, breathing and circulation
  • Demonstrate:
  • consideration of the welfare of the casualty
  • correct procedures for CPR on a resuscitation manikin
  • implementation of standard precautions
  • safe manual handling of casualty
  • Identify and minimise hazards to health and safety of self and others in the immediate workplace or community environment
  • Plan an appropriate first aid response in line with established first aid principles, policies and procedures, ARC Guidelines and/or state/territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements and respond appropriately to contingencies in line with own level of skills and knowledge
  • Report details of emergency incident and first aid provided

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects of assessment :

  • The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills
  • Competence should be demonstrated working individually and, where appropriate, as part of a first aid team.
  • Consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of situations relevant to the workplace or community setting
  • Currency of CPR knowledge and skills is to be demonstrated in line with state/territory regulations, legislation and policies, ARC and industry guidelines

Context and resources required for assessment :

  • For assessment purposes, demonstration of skills in CPR procedures requires using a model of the human body (resuscitation manikin) in line with Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines

Access and equity considerations :

  • All workers in the health industry should be aware of access and equity issues in relation to their own area of work
  • All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • In recognition of particular health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Related unit :

  • This unit stands alone and incorporates the content of unit HLTCPR201B Perform CPR

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Condition of the casualty must include , but is not limited to :

  • Severe bleeding
  • Absence of signs of life:
  • unconscious
  • unresponsive
  • not moving
  • not breathing normally
  • Choking/airway obstruction
  • Severe allergic reaction

Identified first aid procedures must include :

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Control severe bleeding
  • Airway management
  • Provide assistance with self-administered medications, such as auto-injector, puffer/inhaler in line with state/territory regulations, legislation and policies and any available medical/pharmaceutical instructions
  • Care of the unconscious person

Resources and equipment may include :

  • First aid kit
  • Resuscitation mask or barrier
  • Casualty's medication
  • Manikin
  • AED (if available)
  • Auto-injector
  • Puffer/inhaler

A hazard is :

A source or situation with the potential for harm in terms of human injury or ill-health, damage to property, the environment, or a combination of these

Appropriate clinical expert may include :

  • Supervisor/manager
  • Ambulance officer/paramedic
  • Other medical/health worker

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable