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Provide first aid in remote situations – HLTAID005

Provide first aid in remote situations – HLTAID005

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.

Specific licensing /regulatory requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training should be obtained from the relevant national/state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authorities.

Application and Relevance
This course is designed to equip individuals or groups whose interests, activities or employment takes then to remote locations and situations.  It will give the participant the knowledge and skills necessary to provide ongoing care to an unwell, ill or injured casualty over a prolonged period of time. It is suited for remote areas where access to medical aid is difficult and/or delayed, including alpine, desert, marine, rural and tropical environments.

18 hours (2 days and 1 evening) classroom training, outdoor scenarios and assessment only

Course Content
This course provides the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support,
management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders until the arrival of medical or other
assistance. Topics include:

  • Assessing an emergency situation
  • Airway and breathing management
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques (CPR)
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • First Aid management of the unconscious casualty
  • Medical conditions including cardiac, diabetes & epilepsy
  • Infection control and First Aid for minor wounds
  • Allergic reactions and asthma
  • Control of major external bleeding and shock
  • Management of near drowning
  • Hyperthermia and hypothermia
  • Burns and electric shock
  • Eye and soft tissue injuries
  • Venomous bites and stings
  • Head, chest and abdominal injuries
  • Assessment of the sick and injured
  • Recording vital signs
  • Communicating details of an incident
  • Debriefing and evaluation of response to critical incidents

And including remote considerations in the provision of first aid, including:

  • typical hazards and strategies for preparing supplies to address contingencies
  • management options relating to transporting casualty, including aero-medical evacuation
  • how to identify and prepare areas for safe evacuation, including aero-medical evacuation
  • how and when to access emergency response services
  • communication systems, equipment and methods available in remote situations
  • priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life-threatening conditions
  • specific considerations for alpine, desert, marine, rural/remote settings and tropical environments

There are no prerequisite units. Participants will need the ability to meet the physical demands of
providing first aid. It is also recommended that participants have language, literacy and numeracy
skills equivalent to level 2 of the National Reporting System.

Assessment Methods
Progressive assessment throughout the course, including demonstration of practical skills and
written and oral questions relating to underpinning knowledge.
Note that the provision of CPR must be demonstrated on the floor.

Award Issued
A nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment will be issued to all successful participants