Administering emergency oxygen (QA level 3 award)

In some emergency situations such as cardiac arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning or major trauma, administering supplemental oxygen can significantly improve the casualty’s chance of recovery.

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3.5 hours

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Max 12* people per course

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Expand your emergency first aid skills by learning how to safely administer oxygen in an emergency situation. Our cells require oxygen to function normally. If something happens to prevent the body from taking in sufficient oxygen, hypoxia can occur. This is when the tissues in the body become starved of oxygen and, if left untreated, can cause significant damage and fatality. Administering oxygen can help reverse the effects of hypoxia.

This short course trains first aiders to recognise when oxygen may be required, and to administer emergency oxygen safely and effectively.

* Subject to COVID-19 measures.

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£495 (ex VAT)**

You choose the date and provide the venue, usually your premises, and we provide the training and any necessary equipment.

** Pricing applies to UK Mainland only.

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What to expect

This half-day course will equip you with the skills to recognise when and how to use oxygen safely. You’ll gain practical experience of using an oxygen cylinder, nasal cannula, venture mask, non re-breather mask and bag valve mask. Upon completion, you will gain a QA Level 3 certificate which will be valid for a year.

Please note: this course can only be delivered to organisations who have oxygen cylinders available onsite.

We'll cover...

  • Introduction
  • Use of oxygen including:
    • Health and safety principles for use
    • Benefits of oxygen administration
    • Indications and contra-indications for emergency oxygen
    • Dangers of compressed gas
  • Use of emergency oxygen during:
    • CPR
    • AED usage
    • Pre-operational inspections of equipment
    • Clinical need for the administration of emergency oxygen
  • Oxygen delivery devices, including:
    • Nasal cannula
    • Venture mask
    • Non re-breather mask
    • Bag valve mask

Our trainers

All of our first aid courses are led by experienced Posturite trainers all holding a relevant teaching qualification such as PTLLS as well as a valid first aid at work qualification and other first aid related subject specialisms.

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