Courses FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is Emergency First Response?


Emergency First Response is one of the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and First Aid training organisations, with more than 56,000 instructors world-wide. Emergency First Response Participant courses include Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (first aid), Care for Children and CPR & AED courses that include recommended skills for Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use and an orientation to emergency oxygen use.




Who can take an Emergency First Response provider course?


Anyone who is interested in acquiring or updating CPR and first aid skills.




What do the various Emergency First Response courses include?


Each course provides instruction on how to perform specific emergency patient care skills (CPR and first aid). For detailed descriptions of our courses, please go to our Courses page.




Why choose EFR?


Our EFR course is recognized globally with each attendee receiving an official EFR card that can be shown to paramedics or medical staff if you need to use your newly acquired Emergency First Response skills. This card is an important component of Good Samaritian protection in most countries. A unique component of this course is the realistic scenarios that all course participants are faced with. Actors are hired to dramatise everyday emergencies that can take place in school playgrounds, public transport and other common locations, which provides the shock-factor, quick-thinking and teamwork required to perform in a real-life situation. With the use of fake blood and realistic prosthetics, the EFR courses provides an exceptional practical component unlike any other course offered in Hong Kong.




What is an AED and why would I want to learn about it?


An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an easy-to-use portable machine that automatically analyzes a patient’s heart rhythm and detects when a shock is needed to restore a normal heart rhythm. AED units dramatically increase the survival rate of these patients. Because early intervention is so important for these patients, many businesses, government agencies, recreational facilities and public places are making AEDs readily available for properly trained personnel.




What is the recommended AED training component?


The recommended AED component gives participants practical experience in AED use. Ask your instructor about including this training in your course.




What’s the difference between the Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care courses and region-specific Emergency First Response Workplace courses?


The Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care courses meet the needs of anyone who wants to learn CPR and first aid. There are no special restrictions or requirements on teaching Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care courses to consumers or in some workplaces. However, the region-specific Emergency First Response workplace courses offer a complete and ongoing solution to meeting workplace compliance standards in CPR, AED and First Aid training. While the Region-specific workplace courses include comprehensive instruction in Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid), their primary purpose is to meet regulatory body requirements for workplace safety in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.




How long are the Emergency First Response courses?


We structure our full courses over eight to nine hours total face time whilst refresher courses generally take around four hours, and children courses range from one to five hours. Since the course is performance-based, other factors, such as the number of participants, whether recommended skills are included, the number of mannequins available and how quickly participants master the skills practice sessions will also determine course length. Visit this website’s Courses page for course-specific time information.




What are the required course materials?


Emergency First Response courses are supported by a full contingent of educational materials, including:

  • Emergency First Response Participant manual (with independent study section, skill workbook and reference guide). This is used for the Primary Care and Secondary Care courses.
  • Emergency First Response Primary Care and Secondary Care video.
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Participant manual (with independent study section, skill workbook and reference guide). This is used for the Primary Care and Secondary Care courses for infants and children up to eight years old.
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Care video.
  • Emergency First Response CPR & AED Participant manual (with independent study section and skill workbook). This is used for the CPR & AED courses.
  • Emergency First Response CPR & AED video.




How often must I refresh my skills?


It is recommended that you refresh your skills every two years. After successfully completing the course, participants receive a course completion card. Emergency Responders can refresh their skills through a short skills practice session or as part of a regular Emergency First Response class.





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