Cardiac First Responder (CFR) Course

A cardiac first responder (community level) is a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who can respond to someone who has suddenly collapsed. A cardiac first responder plays a vital role in keeping a person alive until they can receive expert clinical care. A cardiac first responder may be part of the emergency medical services, a healthcare practitioner or a member of the public who has completed the PHECC recognised course within the last two years. Our Cardiac First Responder (Community Level) Course meets the requirements as set down by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).

Course Aim:

The aim of this course is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude to bring students to a level of competence of CFR for adults, infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. Additionally to develop skills for the relief of foreign body airway obstruction as well as the administration of aspirin for cardiac chest pain and perform a FAST assessment for a stroke patient.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion, learners will be able to demonstrate how to:

  • Assess a patient who has collapsed
  • Call the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Perform CPR on an adult, child, and infant
  • Recognise the signs of a choking patient (adult, child, infant) and use the appropriate techniques to clear the obstruction in their airway
  • Place an unconscious patient who is breathing in the recovery position
  • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) safely
  • Recognise the signs & symptoms of a heart attack
  • Legally administer Aspirin to a patient having a heart attack
  • Carry out a F.A.S.T

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1 – Introduction
  • Unit 2 – Patient Assessment
  • Unit 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Unit 4 – Automated External Defibrillator
  • Unit 5 – Recovery (safe airway) Position
  • Unit 6 – Airway Obstruction
  • Unit 7 – Heart Attack & Aspirin
  • Unit 8 – Stroke
  • Unit 9 – Additional Information

Assessment & Certification:

  • Certification assessments (theory and practical) will be held in the afternoon of the course.
  • Unit assessments will be performed as per unit.
  • Successful completion of the course results in the issue of a PHECC CFR Community Certificate /card.
  • Certificates are valid for 2 years.
  • All our instructors are registered with the Occupational First Aid Assessment Agent (OFAAA) on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority (H.S.A) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.

Course Attendance:

  • Maximum of 6 participants per instructor.
  • 1 day duration (9.30 am – 3 pm).

Note: This programme requires a high level of trainee participation and interaction where the theory is enhanced by practical demonstration of skills and practical application by trainees.

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