First Aid During Coronavirus

coronavirus infection control

First Aid During Coronavirus Course

First aid during coronavirus programme provides basic guidance on first aid provision required due to COVID-19. It is recommended to undertake Human Focus’ basic first aid programme before proceeding with this course.

Coronavirus Courses

Human Focus is offering the list of following courses under the coronavirus toolkit:

Objectives of Coronavirus First Aid Course

This coronavirus first aid online course encourages trainees to:

  • Enhance their awareness about coronavirus and how it spreads
  • Get familiar with the coronavirus infection control principles to minimise the risk of coronavirus spread
  • Adapt first aid provision to prevent coronavirus infection
  • Understand the importance of personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus
  • Understand what PPE (personal protective equipment) to use and apply so that health and safety is upheld in the workplace
  • Understand safe waste handling to stop the spread of coronavirus

First Aid During Coronavirus Course Content

This e-learning course is broken down into the following sections:

  • What is coronavirus?
  • How is coronavirus spread?
  • Infection control principles
  • How to handle a suspected case?
  • Resuscitation procedure in respect to Coronavirus
  • Safe working practices
  • Personal hygiene
  • Workplace cleaning
  • What PPE to use, and how it should be applied in respect to Coronavirus
  • Safe disposal of wastes

Target Audience of Coronavirus First Aid Online Course

This online e-learning training is ideally designed for:

  • Designated first aid responders at any workplace
  • Managers and supervisors
  • All staff members of any working environment, globally

Benefits of First Aid During Coronavirus e-Learning Training

Training delivery benefits for employees

  • Short online course – 35+ minutes running time
  • Accessible to every trainee, anywhere and anytime
  • Offers immediate start right after the registration
  • Short, punchy sections with quality videos and animations to gain maximum user involvement in the course
  • Educates trainees to adjust their own first aid provision to prevent COVID-19 infection
  • Educates trainees about the infection control principles to minimise the risk of virus spread
  • Increases trainees’ awareness to safely handle a suspected case and prevent virus spread
  • Educates trainees how personal hygiene measures can help in coronavirus infection control
  • Increases awareness about the correct PPE usage and its disposal to avoid the risk of exposure to COVID-19
  • Provides greater flexibility – Coronavirus safety course runs on desktop computers, tablets, laptops and mobile devices.
  • Human Focus LMS allows trainees to proceed with the course, either in bite-size chunks or in one go, as time allows.
  • The LMS automatically saves trainee’s progress with the course and enables them to resume learning, at their convenience.
  • Mini in-course quizzes and end test to assess trainee’s learning
  • CPD-Approved certificates on passing the coronavirus safety course

Training delivery benefits for organisations

  • Helps organisations to meet legal duty to ensure safety of employees
  • Helps employees become familiar with their responsibilities to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
  • Enhances safety awareness culture that helps to slow the spread of disease
  • Improves employees’ morale

First Aid Training During COVID-19 Course Format

Course format: Online e-learning course that is available around the clock on a computer, laptop, tablet or a smartphone

Average running time: 35+ minutes

  • CPD-Approved content
  • High quality videos and animations to achieve maximum engagement of trainees
  • Content can be machine translated into different international languages
  • End of the course assessment test and CPD-Approved certificate

The coronavirus first aid course has a total duration of 35 minutes. The Human Focus LMS (Learning Management System) saves trainee progress with the course and allows them to resume the course, as per their convenience.

Moreover, the LMS has the record management feature that provides easy reporting and record management. The training progress, status, and results are all stored in the LMS and is accessible 24/7 to check and set training data, accordingly. The data is also a proof of legal compliance.

End of course knowledge test

  • This coronavirus infection control e-learning course has a short knowledge test at the end.
  • The course also has mini-quiz questions at the end of each section. These section quizzes aim to reinforce learning and help trainees pass the end of course assessment test.
  • The end of course assessment test is accessed once a trainees completes all sections of the course. The end test is designed to measure trainee’s knowledge due to of the course content.
  • Test system is completely online
  • The test includes 12 randomly selected MCQs (multiple choice questions)
  • Trainees need to achieve at least 80% in the end test to receive their CPD-Approved certificate

Coronavirus first aid certification

The trainees instantly receive a printable CPD-Approved certificate in a PDF format on passing the end test. The certificate has a validity period of 3 years.

However, if a trainee fails to pass the test, they have the opportunity to reattempt the test free of charge.

Coronavirus- Background Information

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

The coronavirus officially called Covid-19 by WHO is a novel virus that was not previously identified in humans. Like other coronaviruses, it transmits between animals and people

The covid-19 outbreak

On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases were detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On 11 February 2020,  WHO (World Health Organisation) named the syndrome as COVID using its best practice for naming infectious diseases.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report published in October 2020 states that more than 40.4 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed, with over 1.1 million fatalities, by the 20th of October 2020.

The Department of Health and Social Care’s latest coronavirus statistics report (October 2020) published in Great Britain.  The visual dashboard exhibits detailed information regarding reported cases, deaths and number of PCR tests processed.

The COVID based WHO dashboard shows the latest country by country statistics of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Moreover, the WHO publishes it’s international situation report that best explains the current circumstances.

What does this virus do?

COVID-19 is spread through the air when infected people sneeze or cough. It can also be spread by touching contaminated surfaces.

More common symptoms include:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss or change to sense of smell and taste

Non-specific symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Coronavirus transmission

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory and contact routes. The transmission risk is higher when people are in close proximity (within 2 metres). Airborne transmission occurs is more frequently in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor places.

At present, human-to-human transmission of disease is extensive. Hence, safety precautions during coronavirus aim to prevent human-to-human interaction as far as practically possible.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers are responsible for ensuring that their employees are aware and receive immediate attention in case of sickness or injury at work. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 sets out guidelines for employers to follow to ensure they can provide sufficient first aid, when the situation arises. They must put in place appropriate first-aid arrangements at workplaces, including the workplace circumstances, equipment and health and safety risks to help decide what arrangements need to be implemented.

Workplaces should have emergency first-aid boxes and appointed persons to take charge when a situation arises. Employers have a legal duty to inform their employees of their organisations first aid arrangements.

Workplaces with higher health and safety risks need need to carefully decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for the protection of their employees.

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 impose duty on employers to provide “adequate and appropriate” first aid provision to employees if they get ill or injured at work. The provision should include sufficient first aid kit, facilities and personnel all the time.

Considering the current coronavirus pandemic, employers need to reconsider first aid at work assessment process. They should discuss the assessment with first aiders so that they are capable enough to offer the correct form of assistance.

This may include following the Resuscitation Council UK’s specific guidance on giving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or familiarity with the right equipment usage to minimise the risk of infection spread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does first aid training need approval by the HSE?

No, first aid training course can claim to be approved by HSE. However, the all first aid training courses should meet the criteria set by HSE.

What do employers need to do for first aid?

Employers are expected to have:

  • Provided employees enough knowledge about the first aid arrangements
  • Ensured that there is an appointed first aider to take immediate actions in case of emergency
  • Completed a first aid assessment process
  • Ensured adequate facilities and stocked first aid box

How many first aiders are needed at a workplace?

The legislation surrounding this question does not give specific answer. However, the type of work and the number of employees and the first aid risk assessment will help determine the first aiders required at a workplace.

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