Basic Life Support For Dentists (RQF) 
Early First Aid has been working very closely with many dentists in the south east, providing them with their annual Basic Life Support qualification. 
But what are the actual requirements for first aid in dental practices? 
Dental Practice owners should make an assessment of first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances (hazards and risks). The aim of first aid is to reduce the effects of injury or illness suffered at work, whether caused by the work itself or not. First aid provision must be ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’. This means that sufficient first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel should be available at all times, to give immediate assistance to casualties with both common injuries or illnesses and those likely to arise from specific hazards at work, summon an ambulance or other professional help. 
If the dental practice has fewer than five workers you should have an appointed person to look after first-aid equipment and facilities and call the emergency services when required. An appointed person does not need first-aid training. With more than five workers you may consider having at least one person trained in basic ‘emergency first aid at work’ (EFAW) (a one day course). Larger practices with more than 50 workers must have at least one first-aider (FAW) in the workplace (3 days of training). The Health and Safety Executive recommends that first-aiders undertake annual refresher training. 
So what do we offer at Early First Aid? 
This course is designed to meet the requirements of ILS courses laid down by UK Resus Council guidelines and is certified by ProTrainings. This CPD course meets the criteria for the General Dental Council’s development outcomes C. This course includes medical emergencies as set out by the GDC in the dental practice. 
This course includes the latest CPR and Coronavirus recommendations. 
The aim is to train healthcare personnel in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, simple airway management and safe defibrillation by enabling them to manage patients in cardiac arrest until the arrival of a cardiac arrest team and to participate as members of that team. The course is run over one day and consists of lectures and practical sessions. 
The course looks at how to identify the causes and promote the prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest. Recognise and treat the deteriorating patient using the ABCDE approach and undertake the skills of quality CPR and defibrillation. It also covers simple airway manoeuvres and utilises non-technical skills to facilitate initial leadership and effective team membership 
All our first aid courses fully meet the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements and will be updated as soon as the 2020 guidelines are released. The latest updates will be available to current students even after you pass the course. 
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