This question often arises when people are considering undertaking a first aid course. In most cases, the standard Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) is sufficient. However, in some circumstances, Provide Advanced First Aid (HLTAID006) is required.

Most workplaces require a certain number of people to successfully complete Provide First Aid (HLTAID003). These people can then be First Aider’s in their workplace. In line with Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines, it is recommended that first aid skills are renewed at least every three years and CPR skills every 12 months.

Some people may be required to complete a Provide Advanced First Aid (HLTAID006) course for work requirements and in some cases when they are completing a certificate course that has Provide Advanced First Aid as one of the core or elective units.

Some elements are common to both courses – see lists below; however, the advanced course incorporates the supervisory element of coordinating first aid activities until the arrival of medical assistance. The advanced course also has some additional performance criteria. The elements define the essential outcomes, and performance criteria specify the level of performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

Elements

Provide First Aid HLTAID003:

1.       Respond to an emergency situation

2.       Apply appropriate first aid procedures

3.       Communicate details of the incident

4.       Evaluate the incident and own performance

Provide Advanced First Aid HLTAID006:

1.       Respond to an emergency situation

2.       Apply appropriate first aid procedures

3.       Coordinate first aid activities until arrival of medical assistance

4.       Communicate details of the incident

5.       Evaluate the incident and own performance

Performance criteria

ELEMENT

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

Elements define the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria specify the level of performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Respond to an emergency situation

1.1 Recognise an emergency situation

1.2 Identify, assess and manage immediate hazards to health and safety of self and others

1.3 Assess the casualty and recognise the need for first aid response

1.4 Assess the situation and seek assistance from emergency response services

1.5 Deploy resources to appropriate locations as required in line with workplace procedures

2. Apply appropriate first aid procedures

2.1  Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines

2.2 Provide first aid in accordance with established first aid principles

2.3 Display respectful behaviour towards casualty

2.4 Obtain consent from casualty where possible

2.5 Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible

2.6 Operate first aid equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions

2.7 Monitor the casualty’s condition and respond in accordance with first aid principles          

3. Coordinate first aid activities until arrival of medical assistance

3.1 Identify available resources required and establish communication links with appropriate personnel, emergency management services and medical assistance as appropriate

3.2 Deploy correct amount of required resources to appropriate locations in an effective manner to ensure timely arrival

3.3 Document the provision of resources and recommend modifications as required

3.4 Monitor the condition of casualties in accordance with first aid principles and workplace procedures

3.5 Coordinate evacuation of casualties according to relevant evacuation procedures

3.6 Arrange support services for personnel involved in the incident in accordance with relevant principles and procedures

4. Communicate details of the incident

4.1 Accurately convey incident details to emergency response services

4.2 Report details of incident in line with organisational policies

4.3 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies

5. Evaluate the incident and own performance

5.1 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on self and other rescuers involved in critical incidents

5.2 Participate in debriefing to address individual needs

5.3 Evaluate management of the incident and develop an action plan in consultation with relevant parties

5.4 Review contingency planning to identify and select alternative management principles and procedures as required

(Information from http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/HLTAID003 and http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/HLTAID006)

So, while some of the elements and performance criteria are the same for both first aid and advance first aid are the same, advanced first aid includes a more supervisory aspect, and a deeper level of evaluation and review.

In practice, the advanced first aider may carry out additional procedures such as the use of a bag valve mask (BVM), extra work around spinal injuries and extra work around assessing the patient (i.e. using a pulse oximeter).

For those considering which course is more appropriate, a quick check with your employer would be recommended.

Allens Training Sunshine Coast regularly conducts Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) courses at our Birtinya (Kawana) training centre and at premises in Noosa.

To book into your next first aid course please book online via our secure website or phone 07 5438 8888.

Provide Advanced First Aid (HLTAID006) courses are run on an ad hoc basis depending on demand. To register your interest, please phone 07 5438 8888.

 

 

 

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