HWSETA First Aider Skill Programme


Our HWSETA accredited FIRST AIDER skills programme is a 3 week course which empowers learners with comprehensive knowledge and credit bearing certificates.
This is an NQF level 3 programme which awards leaners with 14 credits, which can be used towards achieving your qualification goals. The minimum requirement for the course is a grade 9 pass.
We run this course on a monthly basis at our main academy in Polokwane.
We also run this course for various skills development projects around South Africa, which through the NSF (National Skills Fund) are able to empower their employees and beneficiaries with these first aid skills.
Organizations are able to claim back tax for this programme from their SDL (Skills Development Levy) contributions.
This 3 week programme covers the following unit standards:
-    Unit standard ID 119567 - Perform basic life support & first aid procedures (NQF Level 01; Credits 5)
-    Unit standard ID 120496 - Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace (NQF Level 2; Credits 5)
-    Unit standard ID 13915 - Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace (NQF Level 3; Credits 4)
(Each individual unit standard is also available separately if required)

Course content - Module 1 – Week 1

-   Skeletal system
-   Muscular system
-   Nervous system
-   Circulatory system
-   Lymphatic and immune system
-   Respiratory system
-   Digestive and excretory systems
-   Endocrine system
-   Male reproductive system
-   Female reproductive system
-   Urinary system
-   Functions of the skin
-   Situations requiring first aid
-   How to intervene in a first aid scenario
-   How to intervene in minor medical emergencies
-   Heimlich Maneuver
-   First aid needed to maintain the airway
-   Artificial respiration
-   Recovery position
-   Asphyxiation
-   Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in cardiac arrest
-   Fainting and coma
-   Shock
-   Poisoning
-   Choking
-   How to treat bleeding wounds
-   Severe Bleeding
-   Measures to stop bleeding
-   Pressure Dressing
-   Burns
-   Heatstroke and heat exhaustion
-   Sprains and fractures
-   Splinting
-   Insect bites
-   Dog bites
-   Practical workplace application


Course content - Module 2 – Week 2

-   Key elements of primary emergency care
-   The scope of practice of a first responder
-   The aims of emergency care
-   Universal precautions when giving treatment
-   Records of incidents requiring first aid and emergency care
-   Contents of emergency incident report form
-   Contents of injury incident report form
-   Principles & legal responsibilities of primary emergency health care
-   Definition and description of triage
-   Triage procedure
-   Legislated rescue and first aid equipment
-   Basic life support equipment
-   Storage of emergency equipment
-   Definitions and descriptions of medical terms
-   Key points of shock
-   Management of shock
-   First aid treatment for shock
-   Diagram of how to deal with a first aid situation
-   Glasgow coma scale
-   Practical first aid skills
-   Recovery position
-   First steps to take when dealing with emergency situations
-   First aid for obstructed airway and choking
-   How to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) machine
-   AED procedure
-   First aid for external bleeding
-   First aid for uncontrolled bleeding
-   First aid for internal bleeding
-   First aid for crush injuries
-   First aid for eye wounds and embedded objects
-   First aid for ear injuries
-   First aid for burns and scalds
-   First aid for poisoning
-   First aid for drowning
-   Drowning
Pulse sites of the body
-   Explaining blood pressure
-   Taking blood pressure
-   Oxygen therapy guidelines
-   Practical job-related application

Course content – Module 3 – Week 3

-    Main concepts and aspects of HIV/AIDS
-    Most common ways of HIV transmission
-    Reducing the risk of transmission
-    The symptoms of HIV/AIDS with reference to the stages of the disease
-    Window period in terms of the difference between HIV and Aids
-    Behaviors that promote HIV/AIDS
-    Basic applicable PEP treatment
-    Medicines used for HIV infection
-    Hard truth about AIDS
-    The immune system - antibody and antigen
-    How the human immune system works
-    Nonspecific immune system
-    Specific immune system
-    Memory cells
B cells and the antibody response
-    How does HIV actually affect the immune system
-    How does the virus lower your CD4+ T cell count
-    What is mother-to-child transmission
-    How can MTCT be prevented (PMTCT)
-    How will you know if your baby is infected with HIV
-    Why is VCT Important for HIV Prevention
-    VCT service delivery models
-    Diagram of VCT benefits
-    Blood safety
-    Risk of HIV/AIDS in the workplace
-    Facts concerning HIV/AIDS
-    Constitutional rights of employees
-    Employee benefits for persons with HIV or AIDS
-    Dismissal of employees with HIV/AIDS
-    Grievance procedures for employees with HIV/AIDS
-    Management of HIV in the workplace
-    Assessing the impact of HIV/aids on the workplace
-    Summary of regulatory framework for HIV/AIDS in the workplace
-    Measures to deal with HIV/aids within the workplace
-    Policy for developing a workplace HIV/AIDS programme
-    Consequences of not adhering to HIV/AIDS legislation
-    Role of the employer in improving the life of workers with HIV/AIDS
-    Summary of measures to deal with HIV/AIDS in the workplace
-    Purpose of HIV/AIDS policy
-    General HIV/AIDS policy
-    Confidentiality and disclosure as per HIV/AIDS policy
-    Occupational health and safety as per HIV/AIDS policy
-    Principles of an effective HIV/AIDS programme in the workplace
-    A workplace HIV/AIDS strategy as per HIV/AIDS policy
-    Practical workplace job and life-related application
-    Witness testimony