PHECC Cardiac First Response – Advanced


Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? A Cardiac First Responder Advanced Level is a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who can respond to someone who has suddenly collapsed.

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Entry to the CFR Advanced level is aimed at persons who may be working in the emergency medical services, fire and rescue services or a healthcare professional working in healthcare facilities or in the community. In addition to responding to patients in the course of their duties responders can provide lifesaving skills in their homes and communities.

In addition to the competencies taught at CFR Community level, the Advanced level course teaches the airway management: suctioning, use of an oropharyngeal airway (OPA), supraglottic airway (SGA) uncuffed devices, bag valve mask (BVM), pulse checks, roles in team resuscitation and oxygen administration. If there is a concern about maintaining competency in all the required CFR Advanced level skills (in particular BVM use),

Successful completion of the CFR Advanced standard leads to a PHECC award from The Cpl Institute, a PHECC Approved Training Institution (ATI). This award ensures that the responder has fulfilled the educational and training requirements as prescribed by PHECC, thereby possessing the knowledge, skills and professionalism in line with the expectations of the public and the profession. It is recommended that the cardiac first responder ensure their ongoing competency by participation in annual refresher training and certification every two years.

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes for Cardiac First Response – Advanced Level

The CFR Advanced standard is the expected competency of the student upon completion of a recognised course. A person, at the end of a recognised CFR Advanced course, will be able to:

  1. Recognise the signs of a life threatening emergency
  2. Respond in an effective, safe and appropriate manner, to a life threatening emergency, utilising basic life support skills including airway and ventilation management.
  3. Retrieve and appropriately use, if required, an automated external defibrillator during a cardiac arrest.
  4. Report and Record their actions and interventions appropriately and handover to emergency medical service

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