The Emergency First Response Care for Children programme is an innovative CPR, AED and First Aid programme that teaches participants how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. Participants learn about the types of medical emergencies that children face, and how they differ from adult conditions. The content also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations with children, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventin g common injuries and illnesses in children.
Emergency First Response Care for Children programme focuses the lay rescuer to follow the same priorities of care used by medical professionals. The student masters the priorities and the procedures of patient care for infants and children in a non-stressful learning environment, which reduces the performance anxieties that interfere with learning and enhances confidence when rendering aid in a real medical emergency.
The programme includes both primary care (CPR) and secondary care (first aid) skills. The primary care portion of the course prepares the rescuer to render aid to an infant or child with a life-threatening emergency such as choking or cardiac arrest. Secondary care focuses on developing secondary patient care skills and building the rescuer’s confidence to render first aid to an infant or child in need when emergency medical services are either delayed or unavailable. The Care for Children course content is based on guidelines from the Pediatric Working Group of ILCOR.
Knowledge Development covers:
- Emergency Care Definitions and Background Information
- The Chain of Survival and You – The Emergency Responder
- Using AB-CABS and the Cycle of Care to Prioritize Emergency Care
- Helping Others in Need – Good Samaritan Laws
- The Emotional Aspects of Being an Emergency Responder
- Recognising Life-Threatening Problems with Children
- Consider these Differences when Providing Care to Children
- Protecting Yourself and Children Against Bloodborne Pathogens
- Asking a Child, Parent or Guardian for Permission to Help
- Activating the Emergency Medical Service – Call First and Care First
- Secondary Care for Children
Skill Development covers:
- Scene Assessment and Barrier Use
- Primary Assessment
- Child CPR
- Optional Skill – Automated External Defi brillator (AED) Use with Children
- Infant CPR
- Serious Bleeding Management
- Shock Management
- Spinal Injury Management
- Conscious Choking Child
- Conscious Choking Infant
- Injury Assessment
- Illness Assessment
Scenario Practise covers:
- A Child is Down
- Baby in Trouble
- Problems at Play
- Multi Person Crash
This Scenario Practise portion can be customised to include specific and common situations encountered in your organisation.
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