Course Title: Apply first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5115C

Course Title: Apply first aid

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Killey - Co-ordinator, 99254809,

Nominal Hours: 18

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTFA301B Apply first aid


HLTFA301A /01 Assess the situation
HLTFA301A /02 Apply first aid procedures
HLTFA301A /03 Communicate details of the incident
HLTFA301A /04 Evaluate own performance

Performance Criteria:

HLTFA301A /01 Assess the situation
1.1 Identify assess and minimise hazards in the situation that may pose a risk of injury or illness to self and others
1.2 Minimise immediate risk to self and casualty's health and safety by controlling any hazard in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements
1.3 Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions
HLTFA301A /02 Apply first aid procedures
2.1 Calmly provide information to reassure casualty, adopting a communication style to match the casualty’s level of consciousness
2.2 Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible
2.3 Respond to the casualty in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner
2.4 Determine and explain the nature of casualty’s injury/condition and relevant first aid procedures to provide comfort
2.5 Seek consent from casualty prior to applying first aid management
2.6 Provide first aid management in accordance with established first aid principles and Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines and/or State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements
2.7 Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner and as appropriate
2.8 Correctly operate first aid equipment as required for first aid management according to manufacturer/supplier’s instructions and local policies and/or procedures
2.9 Use safe manual handling techniques as required
2.10 Monitor casualty's condition and respond in accordance with effective first aid principles and procedures
2.11 Finalise casualty management according to casualty’s needs and first aid principles
HLTFA301A /03 Communicate details of the incident
3.1 Request ambulance support and/or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstances using relevant communication media and equipment
3.2 Accurately convey assessment of casualty’s condition and management activities to ambulance services /other emergency services/relieving personnel
3.3 Prepare reports as appropriate in a timely manner, presenting all relevant facts according to established procedures
3.4 Accurately record details of casualty’s physical condition, changes in conditions, management and response to management in line with established procedures
3.5 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with privacy principles and statutory and/or organisation policies
HLTFA301A /04 Evaluate own performance
4.1 Seek feedback from appropriate clinical expert
4.2 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on rescuers of involvement in critical incidents
4.3 Participate in debriefing/evaluation as appropriate to improve future response and address individual needs

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Participate in simulations of first aid procedures

Teaching Schedule

this course is delivered in 5, 3hour sessions over phase 1 of the program.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Haines J. 2007. Emergency First Aid, Medic Media International
McKie P. 2007. Active First Aid, 7th Edition. Active Publications Pty.

Other Resources

Library resources including Ejournals/books and audiovisual materials

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Observation in the work place and clinical competency assessment
Written test
Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
Questioning – verbal and written
Role play/simulation

Assessment Matrix

Short case study scenarios will be distributed for discussion throughout the course duration.
A summative test assessing knowledge will be required.
Practical demonstration of required first aid skills.
Observation in the workplace and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

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