This qualification is recommended as training for first aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.
The topics covered are regarded by Skills for Health as being important to maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.
▸ Understand basic life support requirements.
▸ Be able to demonstrate basic life support techniques including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator use (AED) in infants, children and adults in line with current national guidelines.
▸ Be able to demonstrate post resuscitation procedures including placing a casualty into the recovery position.
▸ Be able to carry out basic user maintenance and troubleshoot problems with an automated external defibrillator.
▸ Understand the safe use of an automated external defibrillator.
▸ Understand choking in infants, children and adults and be able to perform appropriate techniques inlcuding back thrusts, abdominal thrusts and chest thrusts.
▸ Understand how to recognise heart attack / angina and stroke.
▸ Certification is dependent on continuous assessment of the student, there is no final exam.
▸ Students meeting with the required standard are issued with a certificate, valid for three years.
▸ Current HSE guidelines recommended first aiders attend annual refresher training.