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COURSE BOOKS / HANDOUTS

These are included in the cost of the course. The course books we use are either “Paediatric First Aid Made Easy” or “Emergency First Aid Made Easy” written by Nigel Barraclough, a Paramedic and one of the UK’s best known first aid trainers and authors. Along with the expertise of the author, the accuracy of the book is reviewed and supported by a distinguished panel of experts in emergency medical care. We also provide additional handouts/cards for some of the topics (i.e. Sepsis).

BEST PRACTICE

We are very lucky in the UK to have some amazing organizations that provide information and help relating to many illnesses and conditions and the emergency pre-hospital care of babies and young children. We continuously access their information so that we can provide our learners with the latest underpinning knowledge and first aid treatments. A list of some of these organizations can be found on our LINKS page.

COURSE ATTENDANCE

Learners are required at attend ALL sessions in order to satisfactorily complete a course.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN

Although we would love to see babies and children, it is important that all learners are able to concentrate during sessions and little ones can sometimes be a distraction. We therefore ask that, apart from our First Aid for Babies course, learners make alternative arrangements for their children to be looked after while attending our courses.

TRAINER CONTACT TIME

We do not offer on-line, blended learning (part on-line, part classroom) or “distance learning” versions of any Med-Star courses. While these alternative forms of training can be useful, our own experience and feedback from learners over the years where they have subsequently provided first aid, has shown that they gain most confidence when they have maximum classroom time for practical sessions, and also have sufficient contact time with the trainers to gain the basic underpinning knowledge - they are therefore able to understand what has happened to the child and why they are taking the particular First Aid action.

RESCUSCITATION GUIDELINES

On all Med-Star courses, Basic Life Support (CPR) is taught in accordance with the current guidelines issued by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and European Resuscitation Council. The resuscitation sequence we teach includes the modifications recommended by the Resuscitation Councils to make the normal adult resuscitation sequence more suitable for the resuscitation of children and babies. Our learners practice with baby sized manikins on our Paediatric First Aid for Babies Course, and we use the full range of manikins for all other courses. All learners on Med-Star courses have a 1:1 practical CPR assessment with a trainer during the Resuscitation session ensuring that they are comfortable in performing CPR appropriate for the age(s) of their children. NB: As we are a small organization we are able to implement any guideline changes immediately they are published by the Resuscitation Councils, and don’t have to wait for changes to cascade through a large first aid training organization before it reaches the trainers. Links to the websites for both Resuscitation Councils can be found on our LINKS page. We also advise of guideline changes through our LATEST NEWS page.

TRAINING MATERIALS AND FIRST AID KITS

There is no mandatory list of items for a first aid kit so during practical sessions, learners use a range of dressings and equipment. We also consider current HSE guidance on kit contents, and how this compares to any particular requirements in learners’ own settings.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is by continuous assessment together with a 1:1 with the course trainer for Basic Life Support (CPR), Treatment for Choking and the “Recovery Position”. In addition there are written Multiple Choice assessments on the Paediatric First Aid and Emergency Paediatric First Aid courses.

CERTIFICATION

Certificates are also included in the cost of the course. These are valid for 3 years and the specific learning outcomes for the particular course are listed on the reverse of the certificate. In addition to the certificate we also provide (free of charge) a credit card size (A7) laminated card which can be carried in a handbag/wallet. Early years providers are encouraged to display their Paediatric First Aid/Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualifications at their care setting and these cards each showing the individual practitioners name provide a good way of doing this without taking up too much space.

DIVERSITY / EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Med-Star is committed to providing Paediatric First Aid training to all. Our Diversity / Equal Opportunities Policy is available in our Quality Manual. Course booking forms include a section for learners to complete if they would like assistance on any course (for example coloured handouts). Learners who wish to undertake the 1 day Emergency Paediatric First Aid course but are unable to carry out the practical elements due to disability will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.

DUE DILIGENCE / MONITORING

Customers of organisations providing paediatric first aid training are required to confirm that they have shown “due diligence “in the selection of their training provider. To enable this, all necessary information regarding Med-Star’s Quality Systems , including trainer/assessor qualifications and experience, insurances, lesson plans, assessments, feedback from previous learners, complaints procedure etc together with our full Quality Manual is available at all times during courses.

We welcome additional external monitoring visits from HCPs working in Emergency Departments and Paediatric Units.

HEALTH & SAFETY

First Aid training by its very nature involves practical work. Learners undertaking our courses must make the trainer aware (in confidence) of any condition, illness or injury that could be made worse (or possibly cause injury to other learners) by the learner performing CPR on a manikin and placing other learners into the recovery position. In accordance with our Health Safety policy the trainer will also ask each learner to confirm their fitness before each practical session. Manikins are completely disinfected and have new airways inserted before each CPR session and manikin faces are cleaned with manikin disinfectant wipes between learners. Disposable face shields are also available if required.

SKILL FADE - CPR REFRESHER TRAINING

Research has clearly shown that “skill fade” occurs between 6 and 12 months after completing any first aid course. This can reduce the rescuer’s ability to perform CPR as effectively as they could at the completion of their last course, and therefore may also reduce their confidence. If a child or infant requires CPR, it is especially important that the rescuer has the confidence to be able to perform CPR effectively, so to help to overcome “skill fade” we provide optional FREE in-house six-monthly CPR refresher training for Med-Star customers’ staff (including any new first aid trained staff who have joined the setting in the last 6 months with a current PFA or EPFA certificate issued by another training provider).

Benefits

  • Staff are always competent and confident in performing CPR and how to treat a child who is choking
  • Each individual’s refresher scenarios only takes a few minutes with the trainer to complete
  • Refresher includes “CPR” and “Choking” scenarios (and use of adrenaline auto-injectors if required)
  • Refreshers are held “In-House” at your setting (minimum 4 staff) and at a time suitable for you
  • Refresher training will always be to the latest Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines - so no need to wait for your 3 year requalification to learn of any changes since your last course
  • Med-Star GOLD wallet card issued to each individual undertaking the refresher
  • Laminated Med-Star GOLD display certificate issued to setting, stating CPR training commitment

FIRST AID FOR BABIES

CLICK HERE for course venues, and dates. Additionally, for 4 or more learners, we are able to provide this course at your own home/care setting on dates/times convenient to you.

PLEASE CONTACT US to book a place on any course, or for any further information.

Seeing your baby suffering from any kind of illness or injury is a heart-wrenching or even frightening experience.

This two hour course for new or expecting parents, grandparents and babysitters is designed to give guidance and reassurance in what to do in some of the accidents and emergencies that could affect a baby.

The course includes:

  • Basic Life Support techniques for babies (CPR)
  • Recognition and treatment for a baby who is choking
  • Looking after an unconscious baby who is breathing normally
  • Communicating effectively with the Ambulance Service
  • What to do while waiting for an ambulance
  • Signs of serious illness in babies (including Sepsis)
  • Febrile Convulsions
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Falls - Head and arm injuries
  • Insect stings / Anaphylaxis (Practice using trainer “Epi-Pens” (No needle!)

For this course, we ensure that we keep groups small, so that all learners have plenty of time to practice CPR techniques and the treatment for the choking baby on baby sized manikins. There will also be a question and answer session where specific concerns can be raised.

FIRST AID FOR TODDLERS

CLICK HERE for course venues, and dates. Additionally, for 4 or more learners, we are able to provide this course at your own home/care setting on dates/times convenient to you.

PLEASE CONTACT US to book a place on any course, or for any further information.

This 3 hour course covers some of the first aid situations applicable to a child between 1 and 5 years of age and is for parents and any others who may look after your little one.

The course includes:

The course includes:

  • What to do in an emergency – The Priorities
  • Basic Life Support (CPR) for children
  • Recognition and treatment for a child who is choking
  • Looking after an unresponsive child who is breathing normally
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Falls including head and possible spinal injuries
  • Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains & Strains , “Pulled elbow”
  • Signs of serious illness in children (including sepsis and meningitis)
  • Anaphylaxis (Including using a trainer Epi-Pen – no needle!)
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Insect stings
  • Communicating effectively with the ambulance service
  • What to do while waiting for ambulance

For this course, we ensure that we keep groups small, so that all learners have plenty of time to practice CPR techniques and the treatment for the choking child on child sized manikins and will also have the opportunity to practice using a trainer AED (heart defibrillator). There will also be a question and answer session where specific concerns can be raised.

FIRST AID FOR SCHOOLS

During the course, all learners will be able to practice CPR techniques on both adult and child manikins. Resuscitation scenarios using manikins and AED training units will be used to enable learners to practice incorporating an AED into their CPR skillset.

Our First Aid for Schools course is a 1 day intensive emergency first aid course, speciallydesigned for teachers and other staff who may be asked to respond to first aid emergencies that could occur at school.

1 day Emergency First Aid at Work courses do not normally include some of the emergency first aid situations that may be encountered in a school setting – i.e. severe asthma attack, anaphylaxis, heart attack or stroke, and many training organisations offering FAW courseshave little if any experience in teaching or delivering paediatric first aid. Our First Aid forSchools course covers first aid for both adult and child casualties and our experience in Paediatric First Aid ensures that we can emphasise special considerations for children who are injured or taken ill.

The course contains the following Learning Outcomes:

 

  • Understand the Role and Responsibilities of a First Aider
  • Action in an Emergency - Assessing and Managing an Incident
  • Help a casualty who is unresponsive and breathing normally
  • Be able to provide high quality Basic Life Support (CPR) for adults and children
  • Be able to use an AED (Automatic/Advisory Heart Defibrillator)
  • Help a casualty who is choking
  • Help a casualty who is having a seizure
  • Help a casualty who is bleeding
  • Help a casualty who is suffering from shock due to blood loss
  • Help a casualty who you suspect is having a heart attack
  • Help a casualty who is in anaphylactic shock (including use of adrenaline auto-injectors)
  • Help a casualty who is having an asthma attack (Including prevention measures)
  • Help a diabetic casualty who is suffering from hypoglycaemia
  • Help a casualty with possible stroke
  • Help a casualty with possible sepsis
  • Help a casualty with suspected meningitis
  • Help a casualty who has a head injury
  • Help a casualty who has a suspected spinal injury

Should your risk assessments show a requirement for specialist training or qualification, please let us know as we may be able to offer a customised course for you, to satisfy your training requirements.

We are able to provide our First Aid for Schools course at your location, on weekdays or weekends. Please contact us for available dates.

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID COURSE (2 DAYS)

CLICK HERE for venues, available dates, prices and a course booking form. Please contact us if you would like us to provide this course at your own address/venue.

During this course, all learners will be able to practice CPR techniques, the treatment for the choking child and child recovery position using appropriately sized training manikins. There will also be a question and answer session where specific concerns can be raised.

This is a 2 day (12 hour) course for professional childcare practitioners who look after babies and older children from 0 - 8 years of age. It complies with the revised EYFS course criteria published on 3rd March 2017 and Ofsted's minimum paediatric first aid training requirements to enable childminders or home child carers to register on the Childcare register.

Please note that should your risk assessments show a requirement for more advanced training or qualification, you will need to undertake this in addition to our Paediatric First Aid course. Please contact us if this is the case, as we may be able to provide a customised Paediatric First Aid course for you, to satisfy your specific training needs.

The course contains the following learning outcomes:

  • Assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is having a seizure
  • Help a baby or child who is choking
  • Help a baby or child who is bleeding
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from shock caused by severe blood loss (hypovolaemic shock)
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from anaphylactic shock
  • Help a baby or child who has had an electric shock
  • Help a baby or child who had burns or scalds
  • Help a baby or child who has a suspected fracture
  • Help a baby or child with head, neck or back injuries
  • Help a baby or child who is suspected of being poisoned
  • Help a baby or child with a foreign body in eyes , ears, or nose
  • Help a baby or child with an eye injury
  • Help a baby or child with a bite or sting
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from the effects of extreme heat or cold
  • Help a baby or child having: a diabetic emergency; an asthma attack; an allergic reaction; meningitis; and/or febrile convulsions
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a paediatric first aider (including appropriate contents of a first aid box and the need for recording accidents and incidents)

In addition to the above, we include how to recognise a baby or child with possible Sepsis, and as a result of the of the increasing availability of AEDs (heart defibrillators) in public places, the course also includes the demonstration and practice using a trainer AED to give learners confidence should they ever need to use one.

EMERGENCY PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID COURSE (1 DAY)

CLICK HERE for venues, available dates, prices and a course booking form. Please contact us if you would like us to provide this course at your own address/venue.

We are able to issue a Certificate of Attendance for learners who are unable to undertake the practical elements of this course due to disability.

This is normally now the minimum first aid qualification required for newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce in order to be included in the required staff ratios at level 2 or level 3 in the early years setting and complies with the revised EYFS course criteria published on 3rd March 2017. Please also note that the EPFA course also forms the first day of the two day PFA course, and learners who successfully complete this course and wish to obtain the full Paediatric First Aid qualification may achieve this by attending the second day. Further details can be obtained from your course trainer.

On completion of the Emergency Paediatric First Aid course, the learner will be able to:

  • Assess an emergency situation and prioritise what action to take
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Help a baby or child who is having a seizure
  • Help a baby or child who is choking
  • Help a baby or child who is bleeding
  • Help a baby or child who is suffering from shock caused by severe blood loss (hypovolaemic shock)

As “shock” in the above revised learning criteria only relates to "hypovolaemic shock" we also include the recognition of possible Sepsis in babies and children and also how to help a baby or child who is suffering from anaphylaxis (severe life-threatening allergic reaction) as we consider it so important that practitioners should be able to recognise these and take the appropriate action. The opportunity to practice using a trainer "Epi-Pen" is included in the anaphylaxis training.

As result of the increasing availability of AEDs (heart defibrillators) in public places, the course also includes the demonstration and practice using a trainer AED to give learners confidence should they ever need to use one.

FIRST RESPONSE

This is a one day course for Guiders and Young Leaders which follows the Girl Guiding Association "First Response" syllabus . On our course we also include a session on how to use an AED (Heart Defibrillator).

Please contact us or your District Commissioner if you would like more information.