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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation.

The unit applies to workers who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Respond to a remote emergency situation

  • Plan for isolated travel or work if required, accounting for expected contingencies
  • Recognise an emergency situation
  • Identify, assess and manage immediate hazards to health and safety of self and others
  • Assess the casualty and recognise the need for first aid response
  • Assess the situation and evaluate options for medical assistance
  • Evaluate options for transporting casualty or waiting for medical assistance in relation to environmental issues, risks, transport availability and casualty condition

2. Apply appropriate first aid procedures

  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines
  • Provide first aid in accordance with established first aid principles
  • Display respectful behavior towards casualty
  • Obtain consent from casualty where possible
  • Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible
  • Operate first aid equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Monitor the casualty’s condition and respond in accordance with first aid principles

3. Manage the incident

  • Seek assistance from others present to manage incident circumstances
  • Establish communication links with emergency response services and convey incident details
  • Report details of casualty condition, changes in condition, management and responses
  • Assist in the evacuation of the casualty by following directions given by emergency response services as required
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies

4. Evaluate the incident and own performance

  • Recognise the possible psychological impacts on self and other rescuers involved in critical incidents
  • Participate in debriefing to address individual needs