The following additional classroom safeguards will be in place to minimise the risk to everyone on the course, we will continue to inform if further information becomes available from the HSE . that there will be a 2-metre separation between people throughout. Where this is not possible we will require everyone to wear face masks throughout.
There will be minimal person-to-person contact during the course including practical exercises which will be performed on manikins as far as possible.
Candidates are welcome to wear their own face masks if they wish.
Everyone will have their own training equipment which (depending on the course) will consist of a rebreathe face-shield (for CPR practice), a training dressing, vinyl or nitrile gloves and a triangular bandage.
Mannikins will have their lungs changed at the end of every course.
We will have an appropriate hand-gel available and will encourage people to use it after every exercise.
All equipment will be cleaned down after every exercise.
We will be taking everyone’s temperature as they arrive and anyone whose temperature is above 37.8C will not be allowed to join the class.
Adaptions to the assessment of first aid qualifications The following adaptions have been made during this period to allow effective assessment of learners whilst respecting social distancing measures:
CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) The Resuscitation Council still require regulated training providers to teach rescue breaths. Individual manikins should ideally be provided for each learner. Where this is not possible manikins should be shared between small groups and thoroughly cleaned between each use as per the guidance below from the Resuscitation Council: • Replace and dispose of manikin lungs and airways after each training session • Wipe the face of the manikin with 70% alcohol wipes after each learner uses it and allow the surface to dry naturally before the next learner takes their turn • Students may use individual face shields, if they so wish, and they should be disposed of safely at the end of the session.
The manikin chest, forehead and face should still be wiped to reduce the likelihood of hand to hand contamination. • Where appropriate, learners can use a pocket mask for ventilation practice which must be fully cleaned or discarded after the session (one - way valves may be removed. If kept in place, it must be discarded at the end of the session). If using pocket masks, these must be for individual use only. • General infection control measures must be observed, and where appropriate, the learner can be given their own manikin or can practice rescue breaths last in the group. If the course runs over a number of days, it may be possible that once the skill has been assessed as satisfactory, they do not need to demonstrate this during the remainder of the course.
RECOVERY POSITION Where adequate PPE is available, and learners are willing, they should demonstrate placement of a casualty into the recovery position at least once during the course. Gloves, face coverings and hand sanitiser must be used to maximise the safety of learners. Where PPE is not available, or the learners are unwilling, then they should demonstrate the recovery position by placing themselves into the position, but they must also verbally state all steps they take to do so.
SECONDARY ASSESSMENT Learners will be required to verbally explain all steps they would take when completing a secondary assessment. A casualty can be used, ensuring social distancing is kept, and the learner can talk through the assessment and ask the casualty any questions as needed.
CHOKING Learners are able to demonstrate the procedure for assisting a choking casualty on a manikin. Learners can demonstrate the action for back blows and abdominal thrusts ensuring they are positioning their hands at the correct point on the manikin and carrying out the motion. You must ensure that all equipment is thoroughly cleaned between uses.
BANDAGING AND SLINGS Where adequate PPE is available, and learners are willing, they should demonstrate the application of bandaging and slings on another learner, or the Trainer/Assessor. Gloves, face coverings and hand sanitiser must be used to maximise the safety of learners. Learners should be provided with their own bandages and slings and these must not be shared between learners and should be disposed of after each course.