This comprehensive, practically-based half-day course was developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council [PHECC] as a national standard to ensure that those who suffer cardiac arrest in the community are given the best possible chance of survival. The course is suited to those who may be required to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, choking, stroke or unconsciousness in the workplace, at a sports facility, in the home or in their community. Also, ideal training for personnel in premises or public building where an Automated External Defibrillator [AED] has been installed.
Participants will learn the basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR], how to use an AED, what action to take in the event of choking for adults and children. The programme ensures that the all-important chain of survival is intact and that patients receive basic life support before the arrival of the emergency services.
PHECC Cardiac First Response Courses – Community and Advanced are recognised by the Irish College of General Practitioner (ICGP) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for continuing professional development and continuing education units for the respective professions of general medical practitioners, registered nurses and registered midwives.
Course Content/Topics Covered
CPR for adults, children and infants
Safe operation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Choking in adults, children and infants
Administration of Aspirin
Assessment for Stroke (FAST Assessment)
Heart Attacks and Cardiac arrest
Each of our Cardiac First Responder courses is delivered by a RECFIRSTAID instructor registered with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council [PHECC]. Our instructors have years of practical experience in emergency care and tutoring all levels of learners.
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 home, workplace or community. The Cardiac First Responder Course is classroom based with a strong emphasis on practical learning through skills demonstration and scenario-based training. As a recognised institution, we comply with the training standards of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) in the delivery of our courses.
Skills are assessed on a continuous basis throughout the course.
Successful completion of a course leads to joint certification by both PHECC and RECFIRSTAID Limited as a recognised institution. All participants receive a certificate and wallet-sized certification card which is valid for two years.
This course is best suited to
Members General public
Community Responder Groups
Employees of public buildings
Parents, teachers and childminders
Hospitality & tourism sectors
Auxiliary Rescue Service personnel