This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to implement specialised procedures necessary to overcome major obstacles and to provide safe access and egress at the scene of an incident. The unit requires an individual to respond to situations that stretch resources and ingenuity beyond the requirements of routine procedures and may require use of specialised equipment.  This unit applies to pre-hospital/out-of-hospital health care workers.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - implemented 4 non-routine extrications including: - analysing the scene and developing access and egress plans, recognising that the welfare of the patient, workers and bystanders is paramount; - communicating the plan to patient, colleagues and/or other emergency workers at the scene; - amending original plan as situation dictates, and; - achieving access and egress in difficult environments when given limited equipment, and using equipment as the situation dictates.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - policies and procedures relating to access and egress; - dangers associated with various hazardous situations, and the response agency for hazard control; - patient care under circumstances requiring complex access and egress procedures; - relevant equipment and its uses, including specialist equipment for hazardous versus a routine situation, and; - factors which may affect safe access and egress and patient welfare such as decision making guidelines for extrication versus delivery of immediate patient care.

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