The new AoFAQ Emergency First Aid at Work qualification changes from a Level 2 to a Level 3
Form the 1st October the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification changes from a Level 2 to a Level 3. These changes more closely reflects the activities and responsibilities of the First Aider and falls in line with the First Aid at Work and Paediatrics First Aid qualifications.
- DON’T PANIC: First Aiders currently holding a valid Level 2 EFAW qualification do not require requalification to the Level 3 EFAW until their existing qualification expires.
The main difference is that more emphasis is given to certain subject areas than before. The following highlights some of those areas.
- Role and Responsibilities: may include reference to: preventing cross infection; the need for recording incidents and actions; safe use of available equipment; assessing an incident; summoning assistance; prioritising treatment; dealing with post incident stress.
- Others may include: Casualty receiving first aid; work colleagues; other people within the workplace environment.
- Consent: Learners should be aware of the need for consent on a continual basis when providing first aid. Implied consent can be assumed when treating an unresponsive casualty.
- When necessary: Learners should be able to evaluate a situation to determine when to summon further assistance and what type of assistance to request.
- When to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation: must include agonal gasps and seizure- like episodes.
- CPR must include: ‘correct placement of AED pads’ and ‘follows AED instructions’.
- Recovery Position: a position that maintains a stable open draining airway.
- Administer first aid: Provide appropriate help to a casualty, manage the situation and seek appropriate assistance when necessary.
- Seizure: relates to a generalised seizure. First aiders should be suspicious of cardiac arrest in any casualty presenting with seizure.
- Shock: hypovolaemic shock (resulting from blood loss)