PHECC Emergency First Response

This course is delivered over 30 hours or 5 days, when students have an in-date Cardiac First Response certificate.
Students will be assessed as they progress through the course, they will also complete an MCQ test at the end of the course.
Upon successful completion of the course students will be presented with a joint PHECC and Medicore Medical Services Emergency First Response certificate

An Emergency First Responder (EFR) is a person trained in Cardiac First Response that possesses additional knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients in a pre‐hospital environment. An Emergency First Responder may be part of the emergency medical services, a healthcare practitioner or a member of the public. The first responder course equips the student to be able to deal with a variety of trauma and medical conditions.
The aim of the course is to equip the student with the relevant knowledge and skills to deliver a range of life saving techniques in an emergency situation.
  1. Recognise and assess both common life‐threatening and common serious medical conditions in a pre‐hospital environment.
  2. React to a pre‐hospital emergency utilising appropriate EFR standard of care according to PHECC CPGs.
  3. Respond in an effective, safe and appropriate manner to a medical emergency and trauma in a pre‐hospital environment utilising the EFR skill set.
  4. Record and report their actions and interventions appropriately during management and at handover to emergency medical services.
  5. Retain a professional manner and approach in the performance of their duties as an EFR.
Students must have successfully completed a PHECC Cardiac First Response community course. Students must present the CFR certificate at the start of the course. This can be a standalone CFR certificate or an in-date First Aid Response Certificate. Students should be physically fit enough to carry out chest compression on a manikin while kneeling and a range of other pre-hospital emergency techniques.
Who's it for
Typically people who undertake the PHECC Emergency First Response (EFR) course are from a wide and varied background. This course is well suited for those looking to expand on the knowledge and skills of other courses such as basic first aid and occupational first aid. It may also useful for those who need a foundation in medical training who will respond to incidents infrequently. This could include members of a retained fire service or members of an emergency response team in a manufacturing or production plant.
For students wishing to progress to further studies either with the National Ambulance Service or Dublin Fire Brigade the EFR course offers a comprehensive overview and grounding of what's expected from emergency medical personnel. Previous students who completed this course include: Retained Fire Fighters, Community First Responders, Emergency Response Team Members, Coaches from full contact sports, Rugby Coaches and Staff & people with an interest in emergency medical services who possibly wish to progress their training at a further stage to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or above.
  • Cardiac First Response - Community Level
  • Primary survey
  • Secondary survey
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Continuum of pre‐hospital emergency care
  • Principles of lifting and moving
  • Pharmacology
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • General medical emergencies
  • Bleeding, shock and soft tissue injuries
  • Musculoskeletal, head and spinal injuries
  • Paediatrics
  • Childbirth
  • Information management
  • Communications
  • The wellbeing of the EFR
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Medico‐legal EFR
The course is facilitated by an instructor /tutor who will use a variety of techniques such as lectures, demonstrations, practicals and group discussions amongst others, to guide you through the course. The course is delivered through English.
The course is 5 Days (30 hours + break times) excluding the Cardiac First Response section. The course can be delivered over a number of evenings or weekends as necessary. Regardless of course breakdown the minimum duration will be observed.
The assessment for the course will be split between theory examinations and practical skills demonstrations or OSCE's. The theory element is assessed using a multiple choice examination (MCQ) the practical element is assessed using skills sheets and scenario based practical assessments.
Upon successful completion of this course students will receive a joint PHECC and Medicore Medical Services Emergency First Response certificate. This cert will be valid for 3 years. In order to maintain their EFR certification, students should independently maintain their CFR certification.
In order to maintain you qualification after your three-year certification period you will be required to undertake the a refresher course.

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