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Outdoor First Aid

QNUK Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)

These 2 day QNUK first aid courses are ideal for outdoor leaders, including teachers, Duke of Edinburgh Award participants and leaders, teachers and outdoor enthusiasts.  The course takes you through the skills which are essential for rescue and emergency care in the wilderness.

Intended Audience

This Regulated Qualification (RQF) is suitable for those aged 16 years plus and who are required to hold a recognised Outdoor First Aid qualification. Achieving this qualification meets the requirements of the following organisations:

  • Forest School Practitioners
  • British Canoe Union – UKCC All Levels
  • Mountain Training – All Awards
  • ERCA – All Instructors
  • Sportsleaders UK – Basic Expedition Leaders
  • British Cycling 
  • BASI for snowsports qualifications

This training meets the IOL Band 4 statement of good practice.

 

Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria

Unit One

1 Understand the scope of first aid in the outdoors. 

1.1 Describe features of outdoor first aid.

1.2 Identify first aid equipment for emergency incidents in the outdoors.

1.3 Summon assistance during emergency incidents in the outdoors

2 Be able to interpret vital sign information whilst responding to an emergency incident in the outdoors.

2.1 Describe the principles of casualty monitoring.

2.2 Monitor a casualty who is in a safe airway position.

2.3 Respond to changing vital signs.

2.4 Respond to signs commonly shown by a casualty suffering from the following life threatening conditions:

• Asthma

• Seizures

• Hypothermia.

2.5 Prioritise first aid to a casualty who requires more than one emergency first aid intervention

3 Be able to assess an emergency incident in the outdoors.

3.1 Conduct a scene survey.

3.2 Minimise the risk of infection to self and others.

3.3 Conduct a systematic primary survey of a casualty according to current guidelines.

3.4 Conduct a systematic secondary survey on a casualty who is wearing activity kit

4 Be able to respond to an incident involving an unresponsive casualty with normal breathing, in the outdoors.

4.1 Place an unresponsive casualty into a suitable position to maintain a safe airway.

4.2 Consider environmental factors whilst administering first aid, including:

• Slope

• Temperature

• Wind direction

• Strong sunlight

4.3 Manage an unresponsive casualty when assistance is more than 30 minutes away

5 Be able to respond to an incident involving an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally, in the outdoors.

5.1 Administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin.

5.2 Describe the accepted modifications in CPR protocols for:

• An unresponsive non-breathing casualty after a drowning incident

• An unresponsive non-breathing child casualty

• An unresponsive non-breathing casualty who is remote from immediate medical help

• An unresponsive non-breathing lightning strike casualty.

5.3 Demonstrate when and how to remove outdoor activity equipment from an unresponsive non-breathing casualty.

5.4 Demonstrate action for an unresponsive vomiting casualty

6 Be able to respond to an incident involving a choking casualty in the outdoors.

6.1 Describe how to identify a casualty with a:

• partially blocked airway

• completely blocked airway.

6.2 Administer first aid for a casualty:

• partially blocked airway

• completely blocked airway

7 Be able to respond to an incident involving blood loss in the outdoors.

7.1 Identify the severity of external bleeding.

7.2 Control external bleeding.

7.3 Recognise and manage a casualty with shock.

 Unit Two

1 Be able to apply incident management and casualty assessment principles in the outdoors

1.1 Establish an incident history.

1.2 Provide emotional support to a casualty.

1.3 Manage a casualty who is wearing outdoor activity clothing or equipment.

1.4 Justify when and how to move a casualty.

1.5 Demonstrate incident management actions when accompanied by others.

2 Be able to respond to an incident involving limb injury in the outdoors.

2.1 Recognise and manage a casualty with an injured arm which:

  • The casualty can move
  • The casualty cannot move
  • Is not in its natural alignment.

2.2 Recognise and manage a casualty with an injured leg which:

  • The casualty can move
  • The casualty cannot move
  • Is not in its natural alignment.

3 Be able to respond to an incident involving a casualty with a head, neck or torso injuries in the outdoors.

3.1 Recognise and manage a responsive casualty with:

  • A head injury
  • A spinal injury
  • A chest injury
  • An abdominal injury
  • A pelvic injury.

3.2 Recognise and manage an unresponsive casualty with:

  • A head injury
  • A spinal injury
  • A chest injury
  • An abdominal injury
  • A pelvic injury.

4 Be able to respond to an incident involving medical conditions or sudden illness in the outdoors.

4.1 Recognise and manage a casualty with the signs of:

  •  Short-term diabetic complications
  •  Chest pain
  •  Stroke
  •  Anaphylaxis.

5 Be able to respond to an incident involving the effects of cold and heat in the outdoors.

5.1 Recognise and manage a casualty with the signs of:

  • Shivering
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Dehydration
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Hyperthermia.

6 Be able to respond to an incident involving activity or environmental factors in the outdoors.

6.1 Recognise and manage a casualty with the signs of:

  • Splinters
  • Blisters
  • Minor burns/scalds
  • Animal bites
  • Stings
  • Poisoning
  • Object in eyes
  • Bright light eye injury.

Assessment

To achieve this award learners are required to complete a series of practical tests and sit two multi-choice exam papers. They must achieve a minimum of 70% to pass mark from each multi-choice paper.

Cost:

£150+VAT which includes all materials, and registration and certification

Accreditation:

QNUK Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)

Duration:

2 days: 9.00 - 17.00

Venue:

Delivered from the GDR Solutions Training Centre in the Forest of Dean, Newent, Gloucestershire, or throughout the South West including Bristol, South Wales, Herefordshire and Wiltshire, or in your workplace (subject to numbers)

 




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