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Paediatric First Aid Qualifications Updated

Posted on 27th February 2019

Following a review by the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum, Safety Training Awards is updating the Emergency Paediatric First Aid and Managing Paediatric Illness, Injuries and Emergencies units.

These units are within the following qualifications:

  • STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid
  • STA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid.

The changes are minimal however, approved training centres, tutors and internal quality assurers need to be aware of the changes—the updated qualifications including units, assessment processes and resources must be implemented and used from 1st April 2019.

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Overview of Changes

Terminology

Changes have been made to the terminology used within the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

In the assessment criteria when referring to:

  • Infant and a child—the learner must apply their skills or knowledge to both infant (baby) and child first aid situations
  • Infant or a child—the learner may apply their skills or knowledge to either an infant (baby) or a child first aid situation, because the recognition/treatment would be the same.

Anaphylaxis

The main change that ATCs need to be aware of is the inclusion of a practical assessment for anaphylaxis. The First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum agree that practical demonstration of using an adrenaline auto-injector (AAI) training device is a more reliable form of assessment. In order to assess this, ATCs need to have the following equipment available when offering the STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid:

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Within the Emergency Paediatric First Aid unit, learners must demonstrate ‘following AED instructions.’ This unit is within the STA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid and STA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid qualifications.

Learners must demonstrate correct placement of AED pads on a child manikin and identify where to place AED pads on an infant manikin. The learner must also demonstrate ‘following AED instructions.’

ATCs will need to ensure learners have access to an AED training unit, which can be purchased via the STA Swim‑Shop.

Qualification Resources

The following resources will be updated to support the changes:

  • Learner portfolios
  • Suggested timetables
  • Course presentations
  • Qualification specifications
  • Assessment strategy for Paediatric First Aid Qualifications
  • Tutor assessed skill sheet.

The resource manuals already meet the qualification units and do not require updating. All updated resources will be available via STA Online shortly.

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