First Aid Level 2 and 3

If you have completed the first Aid Level 1 course and you are excited and inspired to learn and develop within the emergency care field, then the First Aid Level 2-3 training course is for you! We have combined the First Aid Level 2 and First Aid Level 3 courses into a single 4-day course at a much cheaper and affordable cost, than completing them individually or separately. We recommend this course for everyone who has completed First Aid Level 1, as it is not advisable to continuously redo First Aid Level 1 every 3 years when the certificate expires, but rather progress to the next level. We also recommend first aiders who work in a high-risk working environment, or for families who live active lifestyles to attend the level 2 course. 

On successful completion, students will receive a First Aid Level 2-3 certificate which is accredited and valid for a 3 year period. Absolute Health Services is an accredited to do First Aid Training by the Department of Labour (DOL), Health & Welfare SETA (HWSETA), the South African Institute of Safety and Health (SAIOSH), the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) and the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa (RCSA). SAIOSH members will receive 5 Continual Professional Development (CPD) points on successful completion of this course, should they request the CPD points. Training includes both quality practical and latest trends theoretical components, with facilitators who are qualified paramedics who have prehospital emergency care operational experience. 

Our First Aid Level 2-3 course consists of:

  • Review of First Aid Level 1 – Candidates will run through a quick review of the First Aid Level 1 work before the new work is started;
  • Spinal injuries and spinal immobilisation – Spinal injuries is discussed in more detail and full spinal immobilisation using a scoop stretcher or spine board, or any other appropriate device is discussed;
  • Chest injuries – Traumatic chest injuries range from rib fractures to life-threatening tension haemo-pneumothoraxes and can be caused by blunt trauma or penetrating trauma;
  • Eye injuries – Eye anatomy is covered together with common eye injuries and the treatment thereof;
  • Pelvic and abdominal injuries – In the event of a pelvic fracture, an adult human can almost bleed his/her entire blood volume into their pelvis. Pelvic and abdominal injuries can be life-threatening and where these injuries are suspected they need to be transported to a hospital as soon as possible;
  • Environmental injuries – Environmental injuries deals with injuries associated with severe hot or cold temperatures which includes frostbites and heat stroke;
  • Bites and stings – Venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions etc can inflict serious bites ranging from life-changing disabling injuries to death. When effective treatment is applied the spread of venom can be slowed down;
  • Poisoning – Poisonings can happen at work or at home and can include accidental exposure to or intentional ingestion of poisons. Quick medical intervention is necessary to increase patient outcomes;
  • Medical emergencies – Heart Attacks, Strokes, Seizures and Diabetic Emergencies are seen on a daily basis by paramedics and medical personnel. The First Aiders needs to understand how to identify these emergencies and treat them accordingly.
  • Crush injuries and compartment syndrome – When a limb is pinned or crushed by equipment or heavy material the blood supply may be compromised. This would lead to an anaerobic metabolism and build up of acid which could eventually rush through the body when the blood flow is restored resulting organ failure.
  • Multi injury management – Victims often sustain multiple injuries and candidates will be taught on how to deal with the polytrauma patient. A practical patient simulation will be conducted to show that the candidate has grasped this skill.
  • Skin injuries – When you work with corrosive chemicals, dry powders like cement, or general irritants like dust or pollen (for allergic individuals) and you do not take the necessary precautions you may end up with various skin injuries. The First Aider needs to be aware of how to deal with these injuries.
  • Emergency childbirth – Many childbirths happen at home or the workplace where timeously intervention is not available. For these scenarios it is recommended that someone is trained to safely deliver the baby in an emergency. We have state of the art maternity simulation manikins available for candidates to practise this skill.
  • Behavioural emergencies – In behavioural or psychiatric emergencies victims may become so violent that they become a danger to themselves and / or to everyone around them. First Aiders may have to act quickly to prevent harm but in a way that protects themselves. A real psychiatric emergency can be a very delicate situation.
  • Water accidents – Drownings, injuries from diving into swimming pools or rivers, decompression sickness and diving emergencies all forms part if water accidents. There are different ways in dealing with the different injuries and First Aiders need to be aware of this to save a victim’s life.

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