This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to life threatening emergencies using basic life support measures only.

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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: - assess vital signs and response of casualty; - call an ambulance and/or medical assistance, according to circumstances and report casualty's condition; - demonstrate first aid casualty management principles; - demonstrate: consideration of the welfare of the casualty; control of external bleeding; correct procedures for CPR on a resuscitation manikin (i.e. as per units HLTCPR211A Perform CPR); implementation of standard precautions, and; safe manual handling of casualty; - identify and minimise hazards to health and safety of self and others in the immediate workplace or community environment; - plan an appropriate first aid response in line with established first aid principles, ARC Guidelines and guidelines of Australian national peak clinical bodies and State/Territory legislation and regulations and respond to contingencies in line with own skills, and; - report details of emergency incident and first aid provided.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - ARC guidelines, guidelines of Australian national peak clinical bodies and State/Territory legislation and regulations, including requirements for currency; - awareness of stress management techniques and available support; - basic anatomy and physiology; - chain of survival; - duty of care requirements; - first aid procedures; - how to access emergency response support services/personnel; - need to be culturally aware, sensitive and respectful; - own skills and limitations; - privacy and confidentiality requirements; - relevant workplace hazards, and; - understanding of the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), including when to use and when not to.

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