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Provide Advanced Resuscitation HLTAID007

The advanced resus course is designed for people that need to have a specific certificate for CPR, defibrillation and oxygen administration all combined. This certificate is valid for 12 months and ticks all the boxes for the life saving community. We always add this course to our advanced first aid course because we believe that it is important to have oxygen administration as a competency as an advanced first aider.

With changes in curriculum mooted later in 2015, advanced resuscitation seems destined to be the go to course for defibrillation. The nationally recognised Course in Automated External Defibrillation 22101VIC is not going to be renewed on expiry in December 2015 and with no other nationally recognised standalone AED courses available it stands to reason that HLTAID007 will be the go to course for AED. Consideration must be given to the fact that the normal CPR course HLTAID001 contains use of an AED so it is a little debatable what industry will require. The life saving industry has liked to have its members accredited in standalone AED so we wait for them to decide whether CPR will be good enough.

Personally I would like to think that those charged with looking after the health and safety of people at pools and in the surf etc would be required by their governing bodies to have a little more in the way of knowledge and practical experience, than the CPR course gives in the way of defibrillation but that is their decision. I know in my CPR talks, I do explain in laypersons terms the anatomy and physiology and safety aspects when using an AED but when you look at the actual curriculum, all that is required in practical terms is to be able to "follow the prompts of an AED" so maybe this is adequate or maybe not, we'll find out in December.

The advanced resuscitation course is much more than just a defibrillation course though and the student is expected to be able to perform CPR as normal and then again using a bag valve mask. The bag valve mask is a squeezable silicon or plastic "football" with a face mask on one end and a reservoir bag for oxygen on the other; that is used to provide artificial respirations in the non breathing patient or administer 100% oxygen to the cohort of patients that require a high concentration of oxygen. The student will learn how to measure an oropharyngeal airway and insert safely and correctly using a specialised airway manikin head. In advanced resuscitation students will also learn about the safety aspects and indications for oxygen administration using a variety of face masks. They will learn proper storage and trouble-shooting when using oxygen equipment and will be able to demonstrate their competence in 3 separate scenarios. There is a whole heap of other stuff to learn too but these are the nuts and bolts of this course.

Officially there is no prerequisite unit for provide advanced resuscitation, however it is a really good idea to have at least completed CPR in the past before attempting to jump into the advanced stuff. We ensure that all our students are confident in their CPR abilities prior to attending our advanced resuscitation course as they must be able to grasp the basic concepts before using a bag valve mask during CPR for instance. It makes sense.

We have regular advanced resuscitation training included in our bi monthly advanced first aid courses plus we run courses for groups at our venue or onsite at the clients' premises at no extra cost.

The advanced resuscitation course is a comprehensive look into the use of more advanced equipment in treating a sick or injured casualty. The processes and procedures that will be learned will help the first aider to manage a patient on the next level and teach them to be confident in their new found skills.

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