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The Syllabus aims to introduce the basic concepts of First Aid to the trainee and be a suitable preparation for those who want to be trained in First Aid at higher level.

Candidates should be aged 16years and above and should be able to read and write in English and French.

Total Duration
30 hours

Assessment Objectives:

Theory Paper

A - Knowledge with understanding.

B - Handling information.

Practical Assessment

This is designed to test appropriate practical skills developed by the trainee during the course of the training.

Scheme of Assessment

Theory (1 hour 30mins, 40 marks)

The paper will consist of 15 short questions of which 10 will be compulsory. Each question will carry four marks.

Practical (20minutes per candidate, 60marks)

During their practical assessment candidates will have to demonstrate their skills in

- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and recovery position (10mins, 40 marks)
- Dressing of wounds (5mins, 10marks)
- Use of bandages (5mins, 10marks)

Pass Mark

Candidates will have to score a minimum of 60% (both papers combined) to be eligible to obtain the
Initial Certificate in First Aid.


The Certificate is valid for three years only, as from the date of assessment.

1. Introduction
(2 hours)
  - Define First Aid
- State the aims of First Aid
- Describe and explain the responsibilities of a First Aider
- State the basic personal safety measures for a First Aider and
measures for minimizing cross infection
  Practical - Describe the different types of dressings and bandages
- Know the rules for applying them
2. Action at an Emergency
(2 hours)
  - Assess the situation and be able to recognize any continuing
- Make the area safe
- DRSABC (Danger, Response, Shout for help, Airway,
Breathing, Circulation)
- Get help, including calling for medical assistance or ambulance
  Practical - Open airway, check for breathing and circulation
- Make a head to toe examination (secondary survey)
- Define pulse and list major pulse sites
3. Resuscitation I
(2 hours)
  - Understand the anatomy of the respiratory system (adult and
- Define hypoxia
- Explain the level of consciousness (AVPU)
- Explain how the tongue may obstruct the airway in an
unconscious casualty
  Practical - Give rescue breaths to an unconscious adult
- Place an unconscious adult in the recovery position and state
the advantages it gives
4. Resuscitation II
(2 hours)
  - List the causes of airway obstruction including asthma and
- Define choking
- Recognize a choking adult
  Practical - Care for a patient with asthma
- Care for a drowning casualty
- Perform back slaps and abdominal thrusts on a choking
adult and chest thrusts on an infant
5. Circulatory Disorders I
(2 hours)
  - Understand the circulatory system
- Know the causes of shock
- Define and recognize shock and fainting
- Explain CPR
- Recognize a heart attack
- Understand anaphylactic shock
  Practical - Treat shock and fainting
- Treat heart attack and anaphylactic shock
6. Circulatory Disorders II
(2 hours)
  - Describe the different types of wounds and bleeding (internal
and external) including varicose veins
  Practical - Apply direct pressure to stop bleeding
- Apply dressings and bandages to cover wounds
7. Circulatory Disorders III
(2 hours)

- Recognize a head injury

  Practical - Treat nosebleeds
- Treat wounds to the fingers and palms
- Apply dressings and bandages to scalp and head wounds
8. Treatment of Fractures I
(2 hours)

- Understand the skeletal system
- Recognize types of fractures

  Practical - Immobilize a simple fracture using an arm sling
- Treat sprains and strains (RICE method)
- Treat injuries to the forearm and wrist
9. Treatment of Fractures II
(2 hours)
  - State the causes of fracture
- State the causes of sprains and strains



  Practical - Treat fractured collarbone, upper arm, ribs and lower leg
10. Burns and Scalds I
(2 hours)

- Describe the skin and its functions
- List the causes of dry burns and recognize them

  Practical - Treat burns including sunburns
- Treat shock
11. Burns and Scalds II
(2 hours)

- List the causes of scalds and recognize them
- Assess the depth of burns and scalds

  Practical - Treat scalds
- Treat burns to the airway and face
- Understand the treatment of chemical burns
- Treat shock
12. Poisoning
(2 hours)
  - Understand the digestive system
- Recognize poisoning
- Define types of poison and explain the routes of entry
- Know the dangers of drugs and alcohol


  Practical - Treat swallowed poisons in children and adults
- Treat stings from insects and sea creatures (including
- Treat animal bites
13. Medical Problems
(2 hours)

- Recognize and treat:-
- Dehydration
- Heat exhaustion
- Heatstroke
- Fever and convulsions in children
- Seizures in adults and children
- Hypothermia
- Hypoglycemia
- Foreign objects in the eye,ear and ear

  Practical - Handling and moving casualties
14. Revision

15. Revision



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