This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to transport patients and other appropriate workers to and from a health care facility or service under emergency circumstances. The unit includes skills for loading, driving and unloading a vehicle safely, and for checking vehicles and equipment in order to restock and remedy faults. 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: - checked the safety of transport vehicle and safely transported 3 emergency patients under operational conditions including: - loading and unloading; - performing driving skills suited to specific situations and the case being attended; - assessing and analysing available driving routes and available resources, and; - making decisions that ensure the efficient and safe driving of vehicles under different operational conditions for safe transport of emergency patients.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - methods of loading and unloading patients under life-threatening conditions; - organisation policy and procedures related to vehicle being used for transportation, equipment in vehicle and vehicle checks; - relevant Acts, regulations and organisation policies and procedures related to transport of patients, and; - use of communications equipment and systems for transporting emergency patients.

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