HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Information about this course:
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.

The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency will contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulation (2011).

This unit of competency has been approved by ACECQA and meets the requirements of “First Aid, Asthma & Anaphylaxis”. The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and works with the state and territory regulatory authorities to implement and administer the NQF.

While this course contains some information about anaphylaxis it does not meet the Victoria State Government Education and Training Departmental guidelines and requirements of Ministerial Order 706 (MO706). Primary and Secondary School staff (as determined by the principal) will need to also attend 22300VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis. This training can be provided by Emergency Medical Response inconjunction with either HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting training. Please call 0438 718 369 for further information and pricing details.

Target audience:
Those who are required to provide an emergency first aid response working within an education and care setting.

Award issued:
Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for:

  • HLTAID004  Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • HLTAID003  Provide first aid
  • HLTAID002  Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID001  Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Course Duration:
Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 9 hours practical training on-site. This also can be done over two evening sessions.

Refresher Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 9 hours practical training on-site. This also can be done over two evening sessions.

Pre course study options:
There are a number of different options for completing the pre-course study:

  • Ebook
  • Online training

The pre course study includes a question paper consisting of 65 multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.

What are the pre-requisites for this course?
There are no pre-requisites for this course

Course Requirements:
It is a requirement of this course that you are physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on a CPR manikin placed on the floor.

Recertification Requirements:
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards.

What does the course include?

  • Email copy of your certificate when competent
  • Web based verification system to authenticate your award

What are the LLN requirements for this course?
In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here.

Do I need a USI before enrolling?
All participants must gain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolling in and attending their course. You can apply for your USI here. Please note that you will not receive a Statement of Attainment for your course until you have supplied your USI.

Where can this training be delivered?
The course requires training either at the workplace on-site, so students can develop skills consistent with the job environment, at a simulated workplace or in a classroom setting

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. Your rights and responsibilities can be found in our Student Agreement that should be read BEFORE enrolling into any of our courses.

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Performance Evidence
The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, ARC guidelines and workplace procedures:

  • located and interpreted workplace policies and procedures
  • conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk
  • demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
  • assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty

Performed at least two minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an infant, a child and an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the following techniques on each:

  • checking for response and normal breathing
  • recognising abnormal breathing
  • opening and clearing the airway
  • using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
  • acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
  • followed prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Conducted a verbal secondary survey

Applied first aid procedures for the following:

  • allergic reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • asthma
  • basic wound care
  • severe bleeding
  • burns
  • cardiac arrest
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • convulsions, including febrile convulsions
  • envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
  • epilepsy and seizures
  • fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
  • head injuries
  • poisoning
  • respiratory distress
  • shock

Followed workplace procedures for reporting details of the incident, including:

  • providing an accurate verbal report of the incident
  • completing an incident, injury, trauma and illness record
  • responded to at least three simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, and involving infants and children of varying ages.

Knowledge Evidence
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:
  • ARC Guidelines for provision of CPR and first aid to infants, children and adults
  • guidelines from Australian national peak clinical bodies
  • safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
  • first aid requirements for services under the Education and Care Services National Law

Infection control principles and procedures
Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

Legal, workplace and community considerations, including:

  • need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation, including the psychological impact on children
  • duty of care requirements
  • respectful behaviour towards a casualty
  • own skills and limitations
  • consent, including situations in which parental/caregiver consent is required
  • privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • importance of debriefing

Considerations when providing first aid including:

  • airway obstruction due to body position
  • appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • appropriate use of an AED, including placement of pads for adults and children aged older than 8 years
  • specific considerations when using an AED on children aged between 1 and 8 years, including identification of AED with paediatric capability, paediatric voltage and use of paediatric pads
  • chain of survival
  • standard precautions and infection control

Principles and procedures for application of first aid in the following scenarios:

  • abdominal injuries
  • allergic reactions, including severe reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding control
  • burns
  • cardiac conditions
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • cold and crush injuries
  • diabetes
  • dislocations
  • drowning
  • envenomation
  • environmental impact (including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke)
  • epilepsy
  • eye and ear injuries
  • fractures
  • head, neck and spinal injuries
  • minor skin injuries
  • needle stick injuries
  • poisoning and toxic substances
  • respiratory distress, including asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • seizures
  • shock
  • soft tissue injuries
  • unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing

Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

  • absence of normal breathing
  • anatomy of the external chest
  • specific anatomy of infant respiratory systems, including trachea, and implications for provision of CPR
  • basic anatomical differences between adults and children, and the implications for provision of first aid
  • normal clinical values for children
  • physiology relating to response/consciousness
  • symptoms and triggers of anaphylaxis
  • symptoms and triggers of asthma
  • upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change.

How will I be assessed for this course?
The following assessment tasks are required for this course:
50 multiple choice questions plus 11 short answer questions – knowledge assessment

Respond to these performance tasks:

  • Choking with airway obstruction
  • Head injury / Unconscious casualty
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Snake or funnel web spider bite
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Seizures and epilepsy including febrile convulsions
  • Poisoning and toxic substances

Respond to these simulated emergency scenarios:

  • Perform CPR on an adult, a child and an infant
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
  • Breathing difficulties – Asthma
  • Verbal discussion

Please note: CPR must be demonstrated on the floor for 2 minutes

Where can I access a copy of the Training Package?
You can access a copy of the training package here

Is there any latex in the manikins?
Resuscitation manikins are latex free.

Do I need to complete a refresher or recertification for CPR?
HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support Recertification recommended every year (12 months).
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Recertification recommended every 3 years (36 months).

To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate  to the training session. You will then be required to:

  • Complete the online or paper-based pre-course workbook and attend a 7 hour practical course.
  • Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.

If someone is having all symptoms of Asthma but is not prescribed a puffer are they allowed to be given a puffer (Ventolin)?
Yes, anyone can use an asthma puffer, you can purchase Ventolin over the counter with no prescription. Ventolin is a very safe drug for anyone to use and the puffer treatment that is given by the ambulance in these cases is 250 times stronger than the Ventolin puffer.

Emergency Medical Response delivers nationally recognised training in partnership with, and under the auspices of, Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.