|Training on Defibrillators to be included on the EFAW and FAW courses|
The HSE have revised the Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses following the changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in October 2015. The revision will require all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016. This meets the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines which now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.
As the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification covers CPR, and the EFAW forms the first unit of the First Aid at Work (FAW), changes are only required to the EFAW.
The EFAW Learning Outcome 4: ‘Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally’ has two Assessment Criteria, the second criteria, 4.2: ‘Demonstrate CPR using a manikin’ can readily incorporate the AED without change as the AED now forms part of the CPR sequence (Resus Council UK). This means we do not have to produce a new Ofqual regulated qualification in order to cover the changes to resuscitation.
AED training only needs to cover the safe use, correct placement of pads and follow the AED voice prompts. This can readily be introduced during the Learner performing CPR on a manikin. However as this needs to be demonstrated, each Learner will require access to an AED training defibrillator.
Trainer Defibrillators are available from AED suppliers or generic trainers from around £100 on e-bay. But make sure they conform to the UK resus guidelines. You will need one defib per four learners.
We have had feedback from our centres that are already incorporating the AED within their training. These Centres initially expressed concern regarding allocating sufficient time but since then the course has naturally reshuffled itself removing any concern.
We are currently updating our PowerPoints and will add an additional tick box on the Assessment by Observation sheet to cover AED. These will be available for download shortly.
For employers, the resus changes does not mean they have to purchase a defibrillator for their workplace. The requirement for a defibrillator is still dependent on the employers’ assessment of their first aid needs. Neither do you have to retrain existing first aiders as they will be updated in this skill when they requalify.
Tourniquets and haemostatic dressings.
We have received enquiries as to the inclusion of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings in the first aid at work qualifications. The HSE have not changed their position on this. If the employers First Aid Needs Assessment identifies a requirement for such items due to a specific risk of life-threatening bleeding then, and only then, should they be taught (e.g arborists, glass workers etc.)
Over the last ten years or so, first aid has been simplified not only to improve standards but equally importantly to focus on relevant areas that the first aider may be expected to deal with. By removing the unnecessary ‘noise’ from training, improves confidence and retention of knowledge for the first aider.
New, replacement Paediatrics qualifications coming soon.
We will be replacing the existing Paediatrics First Aid and the Emergency Paediatrics First Aid qualifications on the 1st January 2017 with new, updated versions of the qualifications. These new qualifications meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework – September 2016. Note. Our existing paediatric qualifications remain valid so you should not change until the 1st of next year. The validity of the learner’s training will remain until their certificate expiry date.
FYI: The First Aid at Work qualifications are being reviewed next year and we will be seeking your input to what you would like covered. We also expect to see the EFAW to change from a Level 2 to a Level 3. – Watch this space!