The Emergency First Response Care for Children course is an innovative CPR, AED and First Aid training course that teaches participants how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. Participants learn about the types of medical emergencies that children face, and how they differ from adults. The curriculum also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations with children, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventing common injuries and illnesses in children.
The Emergency First Response Care for Children course trains the lay rescuer to follow the same priorities of care used by medical professionals. The student masters the priorities and the procedures of patient care for infants and children in a non-stressful learning environment, which reduces the performance anxieties that interfere with learning and enhances confidence when rendering aid in a real medical emergency.
The course includes both primary care (CPR) and secondary care (first aid) skills. The primary care portion of the course prepares the rescuer to help an infant or child with a life-threatening emergency such as choking or cardiac arrest. Secondary care focuses on developing first aid skills and building the rescuer’s confidence to help an infant or child in need when emergency medical services are either delayed or unavailable. The Care for Children course content is based on guidelines from the Pediatric Working Group of ILCOR.
The course is based on the EFR Primary & Secondary Care Course however has additional content focused on caring for children and infants. The course is designed for adults and children and is of the most comprehensive courses available. It will provide you the skills and confidence you need to be able to help children and adults in their time of need and you can make significant difference.
The program consists of a combination of two core components plus additional skills:
- Primary Care & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Use of AED (adult, child and infant)
- Secondary Care (Assessment First Aid) (adult, child and infant)
Primary Care Core Components:
- Scene assessment, barrier use, primary assessment, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation ‘CPR’ (adult, child and infant), Automated External Defibrillator 'AED' use (adult, child and infant) serious bleeding management, shock management, spinal injury management, conscious and unconscious choking management (Adult, child and infant) and concussion. We also touch on the mechanics of injury, physiology and how this varies in the age of the patient.
Secondary Care Core Components (First Aid):
- Injury assessment, illness assessment, concussion, stroke, seizures, dislocations and fractures, bandaging and splinting, sprains and strains, burns, wound cleaning, allergic reactions (incl. anaphylaxis) practical EpiPen use, hypo and hyperglycaemia, temperature related issues (heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hypothermia) and venomous bites and stings (snake bites, insect bites, fish spines, jelly fish etc) First Aid Kit Assembly and the use of Oxygen amongst others.
Primary & Secondary Care and Care for Children with AED & O2
This 8 to 9 hour course is video, book and instructor led. The course tends to be split into two 4.5 hour sessions but on request can be a full-day course.
The final assessment includes realistic scenarios involving actors and a multitude of props and the ready use of real first-aid equipment.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be issued with a credit card sized certificate recognised internationally. This certificate will be valid for 2 years.
Cancellations will be accepted up to 24 hours in advance to the start of the course. Late cancellations, 48 hours or less prior to the start of the course, will be charged. A minimum of 12 people on the course is required.