First Aid Level 3 is the highest level a first aider can obtain unless they want a career as a paramedic which has to be completed at approved Universities. Since the Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) course (a basic life support paramedic course) has been discontinued First Aid Level 3 training has been adopted by Fire Departments across the country as the medical training of choice for their firefighters. We would also recommend Level 3 First Aid training for first aid team leaders at the workplace, first responders, the protection/security services or anyone who is interested in expanding their first aid knowledge.
In the First Aid Level 3 training course there is a chapter on emergency childbirth. In 2017 there were 989 318 live births recorded, that is a birth almost every 30 seconds! Some ladies prefer to work right until the end of their pregnancies and if this is the case the employer needs to ensure that someone in the workplace is trained to deliver the newborn should the mother unexpectedly go into delivery. This will ensure a safe workplace for all as is required by Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. Remember that women have been giving birth for thousands of years and it is a natural process and the first aiders are there to provide help during the process of childbirth. Intervention is only needed in extreme situations.
First Aid Level 3 training is an advanced course and when you choose your training provider you need to ensure that they have the correct accreditation, equipment and experience to be able to conduct this training. The best instructors will be paramedics registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), SETA registered facilitators and assessors, and have valid prehospital experience to be able to teach candidates the best theoretical knowledge and practical components. Absolute Health Services AHS is proud to say that our instructors meet those requirements and you will have to search far to find a better First Aid Level 3 training course experience!
On successful completion of the Level 3 First Aid course, all delegates are issued with a level 3 first aid certificate which is accredited by the Department of Labour and the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA) and it will be valid for a period of 3 years. AHS also has South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH) accreditation and all successful members will receive 5 CPD points. First Aid Level 3 training is conducted of 3 days.
First Aid Level 3 covers the following topics:
- Revision of Level 1 & 2 training – The vital components of Level 1 & Level 2 first aid are discussed. These revised topics include CPR, Choking, brief summaries of the first aid level 2 important modules such as bleeding control, how to treat burns, scene safety, etc.;
- Crush injuries and compartment syndrome – When a limb is crushed underneath a heavy object or in between tightly moving equipment a victim may end up with compartment syndrome. This is when the blood supply has been cut off and the muscles survive with an anaerobic metabolism, which could lead to organ failure if treated incorrectly;
- Multiple injury management – Candidates will be taught how to treat the multi trauma patient scenarios both in theory and practically. Candidates will be assessed by doing a patient simulation to demonstrate their understanding;
- Skin injuries – In the workplace employees needs to be aware of skin injuries like irritants causing dermatitis, allergic reactions, and cancer which can be caused by cleaning products, oils, paints, cement etc. Some chemicals are absorbed through the skin and others needs to enter the body via another area to cause issues;
- Emergency childbirth – In this chapter candidates will be taught how to deliver babies during normal childbirth on a birth simulation manikin. The health of the mother and the infant is extremely important and if the incorrect techniques are following it could be dangerous and even result in the loss of both their lives;
- Behavioural emergencies – Behavioural or psychiatric emergencies is when someone’s behaviour is so out of control that they can cause harm to themselves or to others. Candidates need to be able to be able to treat these patients compassionately before they become a danger to anyone.
- Water accidents – Water accidents include drowning, diving accidents and decompression sickness. Different injuries have different treatment methods and the First Aid Level 3 trainee needs to be well prepared to treat a variety of water accidents to the best of their ability.
A first aid level 3 candidate is a good company or family asset, as they will be able to provide immediate life saving first aid and basic emergency care treatment to patients. These skills are critical to keep patients alive until the emergency services arrive and in some areas or times there could be extended arrival time delays. The first aider will assist in saving lives when the unexpected incident or accident time arrives!