This course will enable you to administer oxygen safely and effectively for casualties with breathing difficulties.
You will learn how and when to administer oxygen to a casualty and the safety concerns with carrying, storing and administering it.
This course is suitable for qualified First Aiders, Emergency First Aiders, dental practitioners and dental care professionals, nurses, healthcare professionals and others working in an environment where oxygen is available for casualty welfare.
This is a classroom-based course of 6 contact hours. Dependent on your experience there may well be some pre-course or post-course reading.
The course is made up of practical and theoretical sessions.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
Explain benefits of oxygen therapy
Identify indications for the use of oxygen
Explain contraindications prohibiting use of oxygen
Explain dangers of using compressed gas
Outline health and safety rules for the:
Handling of oxygen
Carry out operational checks in preparation for use of oxygen therapy equipment
Identify when oxygen therapy is required
Administer oxygen using the required flow rate for the following oxygen delivery devices:
Non rebreather mask
Bag, valve and mask
Administer oxygen to a casualty in line with agreed ways of working
This qualification lasts for 3 years. To renew the qualification you will need to retake the full course. However, it is recommended that during the 3-year period, you attend annual refresher courses.
A range of methods are used, including, practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).
A maximum of 12 students can be accommodated on this course and all candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age to qualify.