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About First Aid
FIRST AID is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury.
It is usually performed by non-experts (or sometimes by an expert in case of an emergency), but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed.
Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention.
It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.
First Aid Training
Basic principles, such as knowing to use an adhesive bandage or applying direct pressure on a bleed, are often acquired passively through life experiences. However, to provide effective, life-saving first aid interventions requires instruction and practical training.
This is especially true where it relates to potentially fatal illnesses and injuries, such as those that require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); these procedures may be invasive, and carry a risk of further injury to the patient and the provider. As with any training, it is more useful if it occurs before an actual emergency.
Training is generally provided by attending a course, typically leading to certification. Due to regular changes in procedures and protocols, based on updated clinical knowledge, and to maintain skill, attendance at regular refresher courses or re-certification is often necessary.
These courses are offered at various VU campuses.
HLTFA311A - Apply First Aid
This unit of competency describes 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.
HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
Workplace Level II First Aid
The course consists of a blend of online and seven hours face to face time. Online session is completed on campus or if preferred can be completed at home or the workplace. Practical session is completed on campus and includes a practical assessment.
Learn practical first aid skills and knowledge such as CPR, bandaging and splinting, and applying the principles of first aid safety.