This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to load, unload and drive vehicles safely to transport non-emergency patients to and from a facility or service. It includes using communication equipment and checking vehicles and equipment in order to restock and remedy faults.

This unit applies to pre-hospital/out-of-hospital health care workers.

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 different non-emergency patients under operational conditions including loading and unloading.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - methods of loading and unloading non-emergency patients; - organisation policy and procedures for vehicles used for transportation of non-emergency patients, equipment in vehicles and vehicle checks; - relevant acts, regulations and organisation policies procedures related to transport of non-emergency patients; - manual handling and lifting; - care and/or restraint of patient during transportation - for example a patient with a mental health condition or a child; - non-emergency patient care procedures during transportation; - State/Territory road rules and regulations when driving emergency vehicles; - stock inventory and the safe storage and disposal of pharmacological products; - use of communications equipment and systems, and knowledge of relevant procedures, and; - vehicle and non-emergency resources organisation operating procedures.

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