FAQ's Miscellaneous

What is medic first aid?

It is an unfortunate daily fact that many people have some kind of mishap or get sick. For some, the seriousness of the illness or injury may not necessarily render them unconscious and their condition may not be immediately life threatening, yet they still might need medical care. First Aid Courses teach you how to help injured and ill patients by offering medical care while waiting for the Emergency Services to arrive. Presuming that your primary assessment has not recognised any life threatening signs or symptoms from the patient, your first aid procedures provide care that reassures, eases pain and reduces the risk of further harm.

I'm confused, can you explain the different levels of CPR training.

Our CPR comparison chart shows the clear distinctions between Level A, B, C, and Health Care Provider (HCP) and how they meet the international standards. The chart is also useful information for personal trainers who are registered with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or the International Sports Science Association (ISSA).

Are EFR Courses accredited as an equivalent CPR Certification for HLTCPR & Senior First Aid Certification HLTFA?

Participants receive a completion card after successfully completing the course. The card is valid for two full years from the course date. Emergency Responders can complete a recertification class to refresh their skills and renew their certification through a short skills practice session or by joining a regular class.

ACE & USCG - Further Emergency First Response Recognition and Clarification

The United States Coast Guard determined that the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) program meets or exceeds the first aid and CPR standards requirement for the US Coast Guard merchant mariner licensure. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) also recognized Emergency First Response as a domestic and international CPR provider for potential ACE exam candidates. ACE is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting active, healthy lifestyles by setting certification and education standards for fitness instructors and public education. Exam candidates must possess valid CPR certification on the day of the exam. US Coast Guard merchant mariner or ACE Exam candidates can meet their CPR/first aid requirement using Emergency First Response courses.

My St John (SJA) first aid certification needs renewing, do you offer CPR Recertification?

We fully appreciate that St John Ambulance is a self-funding charitable organisation dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. We welcome all St John First Aid rescuers to join our Emergency First Response refresher courses for quick and easy CPR Recertification.

What is the difference between a Victim and a Patient?

A victim is 'someone who needs medical attention' whereas a patient is 'someone who is actually receiving medical care'.

What is the 'Good Samaritan' law and how does it protect lay person rescuers?

Good Samaritan Laws (or related local laws) are enacted to encourage people to come to the aid of others. In general, they protect individuals who voluntarily offer assistance to those in need and are created to provide immunity against liability. Therefore, it would be wise to determine the extent and use of Good Samaritan laws in your local area.

What is the meaning of BLS & ACLS and what is the difference between the two?

The term BLS stands for 'Basic Life Support' whereas ACLS stands for 'Advanced Cardiac Life Support'. Generally, you might need the ACLS qualification if you intend to work in the medical profession, such as ER, CCU, or ICU.

How do EFR courses compare with PHTLS training by NAEMT?

PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is intensive training emphasizing the need for a rapid assessment of the critical trauma patient. EFR and PHTLS certifications cover the treatment of life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), heart attach, stroke, shock management, hypoxaemia, and rapid transportation to an appropriate hospital. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is an organization dedicated to representing the professional interests of all EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other professionals working in prehospital emergency medicine.

*This section is intended as a general guide about frequently asked questions by our students referring to Emergency First Response Courses and CPR First Aid training guidelines. This section does not intend to replace professional advice.