COVID-19 Specific Protocol for First Aid Responders

On the 9th May 2020 the Government launched the Return to Work Protocal, as part of it’s plans for reopening the economy


Within the protocol it states:

“In the event that first aid is required in the workplace it may not be possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres. Workers with a specific role in acting as first responders should be provided with updated training on infection prevention and control principles including performance of hand hygiene and appropriate use of personal protective equipment when delivering first aid.”

Other Covid related services available: C19 Compliance Officer  Return to Work Protocol- Business Response Plan   C19- SOP’s & Risk Assessment  Lead Worker Representative

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is already a qualified First Aid responder should attend this additional element of the training. The aim of this course is to provide trained First Aid Responders with the knowledge and skills that will be required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that could otherwise result from the provision of first aid within the workplace.

Course Aim

  • Describe how First Aid Responders can break the COVID-19 chain of infection.
  • Describe the essential elements of infection control standard precautions.
  • Demonstrate hand hygiene techniques.
  • List the circumstances in which hand hygiene should be performed.
  • Select appropriate personal protective equipment based upon risk assessment.
  • Demonstrate how to remove and dispose of PPE.
  • Demonstrate respiratory hygiene, cough and sneezing etiquette.
  • Outline the modifications in the provision of CPR for a patient in cardiac arrest.
  • State the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s screening case definition for COVID-19.
  • Explain how the FAR can look after their own physical and mental well-being.
  • Describe the precautions that must be taken when ventilating a patient using a bag valve mask (BVM).
  • Describe the precautions that must be taken when oxygen is being delivered to a patient.
  • Explain why oral and nasal suctioning must be avoided where possible (particularly in confined spaces).
  • Outline the care/management of a patient with suspected/confirmed COVID-19.
  • Explain the term SARS NCOV2 (COVID-19).
  • Explain how SARS NCOV2 (COVID-19) infection may spread from person to person.