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Primary Care (CPR)
Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches you how to deal with emergencies that are immediately life threatening.. You will focus on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure you have the knowledge, understanding and confidence to use your skills. Here are the Primary Care (CPR) skills:
  • Scene Assessment
  • Barrier Use
  • Primary Assessment
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Serious bleeding management
  • Shock management
  • Spinal injury management
You may also participate in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training component, learn how to help a conscious choking adult and have an emergency oxygen use orientation.

Secondary Care (first aid)
Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening or when local EMS is unavailable or delayed. You focus on secondary assessment and first aid through knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice. The Secondary Care (first aid) skills are:

  • Injury Assessment
  • Illness Assessment
  • Bandaging
  • Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures

For more information contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort or contact your local Emergency First Response Office

Care for Children
The Emergency First Response Care for Children course is an innovative CPR, first aid and AED training course that teaches people how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. You’ll learn about medical emergencies that children face and how they differ from adult conditions. 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.

For more information about this course, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort or contact your local Emergency First Response Office

Responders in Action
The Responders in Action program recognizes Emergency First Response course participants who have used their skills to care for an injured or ill person. By sharing their stories, Responders motivate and encourage others to provide assistance in emergency situations.

Visit the Responders in Action page for more information.

Emergency First Response Instructor Course:
The Emergency First Response Instructor Course provides you with the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid), Care for Children and First Aid at Work Courses. This course builds on your skills as primary and secondary care provider and focuses on developing your instructional abilities. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practical teaching assignments, you learn to conduct Emergency First Response courses.

The instructor course covers specific goals and performance requirements for each of the above-mentioned programs, along with instruction on how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training, and your own role in the learning environment. You also learn how to motivate students, how to evaluate student knowledge, how to present course content effectively, become proficient in developing students’ hands-on skills, and are taught how to present an effective scenario-based learning experience*.

Prerequisites:
The Emergency First Response Instructor program is open to all who have completed the Emergency First Response Primary, Secondary and Care for Children Care Participant Courses within the past 24 months, and to medical professionals such as physicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Registered Nurses.

To find an Instructor Trainer in your area contact your local Emergency First Response Office or visit the Instructor Development Calendar

Emergency First Response Instructor Crossover Course:
Individuals who are current CPR/First Aid instructors with another qualifying organization may choose to earn the Emergency First Response Instructor rating by completing the Emergency First Response Instructor Crossover Program. This program gives credit for past teaching experience and focuses on familiarizing candidates with the Emergency First Response program philosophy and structure.

Prerequisites:
The Emergency First Response Crossover Course is open to all CPR/First Aid Instructors who hold current teaching credentials from another CPR/First Aid training organization.

To find an instructor crossover course in your area, contact your local Emergency First Response Office.

First Aid at Work (Great Britain)
The Emergency First Response First Aid at Work (Great Britain) course is a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved first aid course for training in first aid for the purpose of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. This programme meets the statutory needs of employers in England, Scotland and Wales needing at least one First Aider on the premises.

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