COVID-19 Specific Protocol for First Aid Responders

Programme overview

COVID-19 Specific Protocol for first aid Responders – Virtual Classroom
Section 11 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires employers to have plans and procedures for emergencies and people trained to implement those plans.
Many workplaces will have existing trained First Aid Responders (First Aiders). Those First Aid Responders now require updated training relevant to their roles in the context of COVID -19 This course provides designated First Aid Responders with the updated knowledge and skills to deal with First Aid Emergencies in the current and future environment.
Section 7B in the Return to Work Safety Protocol COVID-19: “In the event that first aid is required in the workplace it may not be possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres. Workers with a specific role in acting as first responders should be provided with updated training on infection prevention and control principles including performance of hand hygiene and appropriate use of personal protective equipment when delivering first aid.”

Duration: Virtual Classroom – 1 Hour
Candidates: Maximum of 12
Prerequisites: First Aid Responders & Occupational First Aiders
Award: Theory Assessment
Course Outline:
• Explain the term SARS NCOV2 (COVID-19).
• Explain how SARS NCOV2 (COVID-19) infection may spread from person to person.
• Describe how First Aid Responders can break the COVID-19 chain of infection.
• Describe the essential elements of infection control standard precautions.
• Demonstrate hand hygiene techniques.
• List the circumstances in which hand hygiene should be performed.
• Select appropriate personal protective equipment based upon risk assessment.
• Demonstrate how to remove and dispose of PPE.
• Demonstrate respiratory hygiene, cough and sneezing etiquette.
• Outline the modifications in the provision of CPR for a patient in cardiac arrest.
• State the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s screening case definition for COVID-19.
• Explain how the FAR can look after their own physical and mental well-being.
• Describe the precautions that must be taken when ventilating a patient using a bag valve mask (BVM).
• Describe the precautions that must be taken when oxygen is being delivered to a patient.
• Explain why oral and nasal suctioning must be avoided where possible (particularly in confined spaces).
• Outline the care/management of a patient with suspected/confirmed COVID-19.

Course Dates:
o 27th August (10am / 12pm / 2pm sessions)
Online Zoom
• Pre-Requisite: Must be First Aid Responders & Occupational First Aiders




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