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Basic Life Support & First Aid Procedures (Level 1)


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 119567)

First aid Level 1 is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery. It includes initial intervention in a serious condition prior to professional medical help being available, such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while waiting for an ambulance, as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions, such as applying a plaster to a cut.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of emergency scene management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of elementary anatomy and physiology
  • Assess an emergency situation
  • Apply First Aid procedures to the life-threatening situation
  • Treat common injuries




Quality Assured Partner: Transport Education And Training Authority



Basic Life Support & First Aid Procedures Learning Outcomes

This course is for persons required to assess the emergency situation and providing basic Life Support and basic First Aid in order to stabilise patients prior to transfer to the emergency services. The area of focus of this programme will be;

What Is First Aid

What Is A First Aider

  • What Does A First Aider Do
  • Dead Heroes Cannot Save Lives

Preventing Infections

  • What Precautions Can We Take To Get Rid Of Infections
  • Signs Of Wound Infection

Emergency Scene Management

What Is An Emergency Scene

  • Four Steps For The Management Of An Emergency Scene

Protect The Emergency Scene And The Injured Person

  • Protect The Emergency Scene
  • Protect The Injured Person
  • Assess The Vital Signs Of The Casualty
  • How To Place A Person In The Recovery Position

Legal Implications Of Giving First Aid

The Human Body In A Nutshell

Introduction To The Human Body

The Different Systems In The Human Body

How The Different Systems Relate To Each Other

Assess An Emergency Situation

  • Levels Of Priority
  • Identify The Causes Of Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Breathing Emergencies

Availability Of First Aid Equipment

  • How Can You Apply First Aid According To Current Practice

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Moving A Casualty
  • Rescue Carrying

Referral To Medical Assistance

Treat Injuries

Types Of Injuries

  • Fractures
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Burns
  • Wounds And Bleeding
  • Sprains And Strains
  • Cuts And Scrapes
  • Fever Emergency
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Poisons
  • Bites And Stings
  • First Aid For Nosebleeds

The Different Systems In The Human Body

Identify The Causes Of Emergencies

  • Breathing Emergencies
  • Seizures

.Entry Level Requirements Into This Programme?

  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • School certificate Grade 7 or Skills certificate equivalent NQF Level 1

Learning Assumed To Be In Place And Recognition Of Prior Learning:

  • Communication at ABET level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy at ABET level 3

Target Audience

All companies that want to ensure their employees are equipped to deal with any emergency situations that will require first aid, and ensure legal compliance

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