Course Title: Apply first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: NURS5329C

Course Title: Apply first aid

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Erica Keen


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


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:

HLTFA311A Apply first aid


1. Assess the situation
2. Apply first aid procedures
3. Communicate details of the incident
4. Evaluate own performance

Performance Criteria:

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 work health and safety requirements
1.3 Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions

2.1 Adopt 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 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 procedures
2.7 Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner and as appropriate
2.8 Correctly operate first aid equipment for first aid management according to manufacturer/supplier’s instructions and procedures
2.9 Use safe manual handling techniques
2.10 Monitor casualty's condition and respond in accordance with established first aid principles and procedures
2.11 Finalise casualty management according to casualty’s needs and first aid principles

3.1 Request ambulance support and/or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstance
3.2 Accurately convey observation of casualty’s condition and management activities to ambulance services / relieving personnel
3.3 Accurately assess and report details of casualty’s physical condition, changes in conditions, management and response to management in line with established procedures
3.4 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with privacy principles and statutory and/or organisation policies

4.1 Seek feedback from appropriate clinical expert
4.2 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on rescuers involved in critical incidents
4.3 Participate in debriefing/evaluation to improve future response and address individual needs

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to:

• Assess the situation
• Apply first aid procedures
• Communicate details of the incident
• Evaluate own performance

Details of Learning Activities

Refer to the latest timetable on Blackboard for actual days.
Learning Strategies will be in the form of:
• Facilitated classroom discussion
• Small group work
• Teacher demonstration

Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1: Introduction to First Aid
• Define and discuss the legal parameters of first aid, including duty of care, negligence, consent & documentation
• Define & discuss infection control strategies
• Identify & discuss first aid equipment
• Describe how to respond including primary and secondary surveys, & responding to emergencies at RMIT
• Describe ARG (2010) for BLS, including management of airway obstruction, and cardiac arrest

Lesson 2: Medical Emergencies
• Discuss/Describe the signs/symptoms & management of neurological, respiratory, cardiac and diabetic emergencies

Lesson 3: Trauma Emergencies
• Discuss/Describe the signs/symptoms & management of
- Bleeding & Shock
- Head Injuries (concussion)
- Fractures
- Burns
- Poisons (ingested, bites & stings)

Lab 1: Responding to Emergencies
• Review the theory of responding to emergencies
• Students to demonstrate primary and secondary survey for an unconscious patient
• Students to demonstrate management of bites, bleeding & fractures

Lab 2: Responding to Emergencies
• Review theory of basic life support
• Students to demonstrate basic life support on an adult, child & infant
• Students to discuss/demonstrate the management of airway emergencies

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Haines, J Emergency First Aid 10/11th edn


Other Resources

Recommended Reading:
Haines, J Emergency First Aid 10/11th edn

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowedge for this competency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Practical Assessment
  • Written examination / Assessment

Assessment Tasks

• Attendance of classes 80% required
Written Assessment Time allocated: 1 hour
The student must complete this compulsory task and demonstrate competent underpinning knowledge in 80 % of the following task. The minimum pass mark is 24/30

Assessment 2: Practical assessment

This practical assessment should take place in an environment that simulates an emergency medical situation. The assessment of CPR procedures must be conducted with a resuscitation manikin in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines. Where possible, the assessment should be conducted more than once, so additional copies of this checklist may need to be made.

Assessment checklist
Assessors are expected to question students to clarify and confirm their knowledge as part of this assessment process. This may include questions about principles of first aid, duty of care, priorities of implementation, chain of survival & specific first aid procedures.

Assessment Matrix


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