Emergencies can happen at anytime and anywhere and can impact you or somebody you care about. Learning vital lifesaving skills and techniques can make a huge difference in somebodies life and it is vital that Victorians have the skills and knowledge to be able to confidently take control of potentially life threatening emergencies until professional assistance arrives.
This short course in CPR is ideal for all Victorians, but in particular those who have the responsibility for the care of another or have the duty of care towards a person in their personnel or professional lives.
CPR Training Courses
This course will equip candidates to act quickly and confidently in an emergency situation. The course focus includes casualty assessment, one and two person CPR, choking, situation management and emergency services communication.
Successful completion of this course will result in the award of:
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Emergencies happen every day, in the workplace, in the home and out and about. Learning these vital lifesaving skills and techniques could make a huge difference in the life of someone you care about.
Life Saving Victoria’s CPR course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to confidently take control of potentially life threatening emergencies until professional assistance arrives.
The course focus includes cover the signs and symptoms and treatment options for incidents including first aid and CPR / breathing conditions.
The short course is ideal for all Victorians, but in particular those who have the responsibility for the care of another or have the duty of care towards a person in their personnel or professional lives.
Unit – HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
1.0 Respond to an emergency situation
1.1 Recognise an emergency situation
1.2 Identify, assess and minimise immediate hazards to health and safety of self and others
1.3 Assess the casualty and recognise the need for CPR
1.4 Seek assistance from emergency response services
2.0 Perform CPR procedures
2.1 Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in accordance with ARC guidelines
2.2 Display respectful behaviour towards casualty
2.3 Operate automated external defibrillator (AED) according to manufacturer’s instructions
3.0 Communicate details of the incident
3.1 Accurately convey incident details to emergency response services
3.2 Report details of incident to workplace supervisor as appropriate
3.3 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies
The assessment for this course includes two key components. These are i) a multiple choice assessment and ii) a practical based assessment. These are based on the content taught during the training session and are completed under exam conditions by each individual candidate.
Practical Assessment Checklist
Task 1: Conduct an initial patient assessment using recognised techniques
1.1. Identify and appropriately respond to dangers (hazards) to persons affected
1.2. Assess patient response capabilities (talk and touch)
1.3. Obtain consent and reassure patient in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner
1.4. Provide accurate information and make patient comfortable using available resources
1.5. Using safe manual handling techniques place patient in the recovery position
1.6. Call 000 and communicate accurate incident details to emergency services / appropriate personnel
1.7. Check patient for breathing (look, listen and feel) and consider patient body position
1.8. Manage the unconscious breathing casualty – recovery position
Task 2: Using recognised techniques administer CPR to an adult manikin
2.1. Open, clear and maintain patient airway (head tilt / pistol grip)
2.2. Administer 30 chest compressions (correct hand location / effective depth)
2.3. Administer 2 rescue breathes (mouth to mouth or mouth to mask)
2.4. Respond appropriately to patient vomiting or regurgitating
2.5. Perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR on the floor (5 full cycles)
2.6. Demonstrate rotation of CPR operator with minimal interruptions to compressions
Task 3: Operate an AED in an emergency
3.1. Communicate effectively and participate as a team member
3.2. Identify and appropriately respond to dangers (hazards) e.g. conductors
3.3. Turn on the AED and follow the prompts
3.4. Prepare patient for pad application (dry chest, check for implants / medical patches, remove jewellery)
3.5. Apply electrode pads (working around the CPR operator)
3.6. Manage incident situation (time, communications, safety, self and team)
Task 4: Using recognised techniques administer CPR to an infant manikin
4.1. Open, clear and maintain patient airway including nose / mouth (head supported in neutral position)
4.2. Administer 30 chest compressions (correct hand and finger location / effective depth)
4.3. Administer 2 rescue breathes (mouth to nose and mouth)
4.4. Respond appropriately to patient vomiting or regurgitating
4.5. Perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR on the floor (5 full cycles)
4.6. Demonstrate rotation of CPR operator with minimal interruptions to compressions
Task 5: Undertake required post incident processes in line with Organisational procedures
5.1. Provide accurate verbal report of patient condition and CPR procedures performed to relieving personnel
5.2. Debrief – discuss and provide support for the psychological impact and individual need
1. Are there any prerequisites?
Due to the physical requirements of this course, the minimum age for candidates is 12 years.
2. How long is my qualification valid for?
The qualification is valid for a period of 12 months. In order to maintain currency, you must do a refresher / update course prior to the 12 month expiry date.
3. How can I best prepare for the course?
In order to get the most out of the day, please ensure you arrive on time so the course can run to schedule. The venue address and any relevant information will be listed on your confirmation email. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring along the following:
- Your confirmation email (as proof of enrolment)
- Note paper
- A pen (highlighter if you wish)
- A drink and snack if required
What happens if I don’t pass?
As the course is competency based, you will need to ensure that you can demonstrate all the necessary requirements of the three units of competency. If you unable to perform a specific task on the day of the course, you will be deemed ‘not yet competent’ in that skill. You will be given the opportunity to attend a course at a later date (at no charge), in order to retrain and be reassessed on the particular skill or area of knowledge.
(For more Frequently Asked Questions, please refer to the FAQ’s on the left panel of the training menu).
What are the Benefits of Learning CPR Today?
CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) is an important skill that everyone in Australia, both young and old should consider taking the time to learn. No longer should you need to be a medical professional, life saver or civil servant to know or administer CPR. You never know when the time may come that you are required to use these vital skills to potentially save the life of someone you love or even a stranger you’ve never met.
Taking the time to learn CPR and the ability to save lives, if and when the situation arises is a lifelong skill that should be given serious consideration by each and every member of society. In Australia, around 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year. Unfortunately only 9-10% of these people will survive. By undertaking a CPR Training Session with Life Saving Victoria, we can only expect to see this number improve.
Empowerment Through Education
Understanding the fundamental skills of CPR empowers you to help someone in their time of need. A family member, friend, colleague, or perhaps someone you’ve never met before. You could be their hero. For parents this is particularly poignant. Children under the age of 5 frequently put small objects in their mouths, and it goes without saying, this behaviour can quickly lead to choking. Choking is one of the primary causes of death in children. Identifying when a child is having difficulty breathing and most importantly understanding how to perform CPR when this situation arises and potentially save a life, is a skill you will certainly not regret taking the time to learn.
CPR Saves Lives
Circumstances may arise when you are met with an individual whose breathing or heart has stopped. Prompt action with CPR is the most effective way to potentially save the life of someone, whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Administering CPR could mean the difference between life and death for an unconscious person.
It is always more beneficial to have multiple people who are trained in the necessary skills to correctly perform CPR in an emergency. One person performing CPR can quickly become tired. Two people expertly trained in CPR can alternate with each other and supply CPR longer than one person working by themselves. So why not get a group of friends together and organise a CPR training course with Life Saving Victoria?
Don’t Hesitate. Set a Date!
Chances are far greater that you will need to administer CPR on someone you know. Close to 80% of respiratory problems and cardiac arrests take place in the home or at work. Due to the fact you’re far more likely to provide CPR for a friend, relative or workmate, this life saving skill becomes all the more vital.
Don’t wait another day!