First Aid Response (FAR) 3 Day

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The Health & Safety Authority [HSA] now recognises the PHECC First Aid Response [FAR] training course as meeting the needs of occupational first aid. The FAR Standard was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council [PHECC] an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland. 

On completion of this 3-day course, the First Aid Responder will be equipped with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and confidence to give effective life support, diagnose and treat injuries or illness, and maintain care and comfort of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the workplace or elsewhere until the arrival of emergency medical services. Also included is training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator [AED] and the administration of aspirin for cases of a suspected heart attack.

The First Aid Response course covers all the occupational first-aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and Safety Authority. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, there is a requirement on employers, based on a risk assessment, to have a sufficient number of adequately trained first-aiders in the workplace. The specific requirements for first aid provision at work depend on several factors including the size of the workplace, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, dispersal of employees and access to medical services.

Following the FAR course participants should be able to:

Deal with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions until the arrival of emergency medical services

Provide an adequate response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive

Provide first-aid in a wide range of environments including the workplace, home and recreational settings

Display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence and self-confidence while understanding their limitations

Course Duration
3 days. Can be completed on consecutive days or over a few weeks.

Course Content

Patient Assessment

Incident Procedures

Cardiac First Response [CPR & AED, Choking & Stroke]

Common Medical Emergencies [Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning & Fainting]

Injury Management & Shock [Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains & Dislocations, Shock]

Care of the Unconscious Patient

Burns & Electrical Injury Care

Hypothermia & Hyperthermia

Information Management & Communications

The Well-Being of the First-Aid Responder

Course Ideal for
Employees from across all business areas including the self-employed.
This course is recommended by the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs for those working in the Childcare industry.

No. of Participants
Maximum of 8 participants per class.

Training Methodology
Our approach to training incorporates both practical and interactive learning, giving the participants the confidence and ability to put theory into practice and to cope with real-life situations that may arise in the workplace. Our instructors have years of practical experience in emergency care and tutoring all levels of learners.

The First-Aid Response Course is classroom-based and has been designed to balance theory and practice incorporating scenario-based training to achieve the learning outcomes and competencies specified in the PHECC Education and Training Standard.

An assessment takes place at the end of the third day. There is a practical and theoretical element to the assessment. Participants complete a multiple-choice examination paper and undertake skills assessments. To be successful, participants must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in each element of the assessment.

Successful completion of the First Aid Response course leads to joint certification by both PHECC and RECFIRSTAID Ltd as a recognised institution. All successful participants will receive a certificate and wallet-sized certification card which is valid for two years. Recertification in First Aid Response is required every 2 years.

This course can be provided at your company premises or at our Training Centre