This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage procedures, provide security and communicate with other services involved with patient care at the scene of an emergency. It describes skills required in emergency situations, which may involve coordination with and by other emergency services personnel.  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: - contributed to managing 1 emergency scene including: - acknowledging and responding to a range of views and clarifying information from persons at the scene; - establishing and maintaining inter-service communication and liaising and networking with personnel from other services to negotiate solutions of required tasks; - identifying and managing any hazards at the scene and facilitating information to the public concerning safety; - managing multiple competing priorities, and; - identifying and implementing available resources in accordance with established clinical guidelines and protocols.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relevant policies and procedures relating to emergency management; - working knowledge of command, control and coordination responsibilities; - relevant current national standards such as; - real and potential hazards and their effects; - roles and responsibilities of other organisations including services provided by medical and other emergency and allied agencies, and their limitations, and; - current practices, procedures and equipment used in communicating in the workplace.

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