Prehospital Care Qualifications

First+ Medical Solutions First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Courses at levels 3 and 4 provide learners with the confidence and knowledge to deal with a vast range of prehospital medical emergencies. Courses may include how to manage; medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies, peadiatric emergencies, and the safe administration of medication.

QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)


What's covered:
  • Roles and responsibilities of a first responder.
  • Medical emergencies.
  • Patient assessment.
  • Airway management.
  • Adult, child and infant CPR & AED usage.
  • Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) procedures.
  • Emergency oxygen Traumatic injuries Catastrophic bleeding Shock.
  • Poisoning and intoxicating substances.
  • External and internal bleeding. 
  • Helmet removal.
  • Neck, spine and pelvic immobilisation.
  • Environmental exposure.
  • Burns and scalds Minor injuries.
  • Incident reporting.

QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)


What's covered:
  • Initial patient assessment.
  • Physiological observations.
  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • Heart disease.
  • Electrocardiogram application and monitoring.
  • Managing a patient’s airway – supraglottic airways.
  • Medical gases – including dosages and administration.
  • Thoracic trauma.
  • Sepsis.
  • Maternity care.
  • Respiratory disorders and infections.
  • Mechanisms of injury and kinetics.
  • Triage.
  • Full body and limb immobilisation.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Major incidents.
  • Psychosocial development in children.
  • Emergency care for sick and injured children Mental health crisis.
  • Assisting the clinician with clinical interventions.

QA Level 3 Award in the Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (RQF)


What's covered:
  • Legislation, guidelines, policies and protocols.
  • Administering life saving medication.
  • Common types of lifesaving medication.
  • Medication effects and potential side effects.
  • Physiological measurements before and after administering life saving medication.     
  • Common medication adverse reactions.
  • Different drug routes for the administration of lifesaving medication.
  • Determining a patient’s condition to help distinguish the correct life saving medication.
  • Demonstrating the safe and effective administration of lifesaving medication in a prehospital environment.
  • Assessing, monitoring and reviewing the effects of lifesaving medication.

QA Level 4 Award in  Immediate Life Support (RQF)


  • What's covered:
    • Scene management.
    • Methods and procedures needed to assess and manage an incident.
    • Managing a patient with life-threatening or non-life threatening illness and injury.
    • Post incident procedures.
    • Airway management.
    • Immediate life support procedures.
    • Return of Spontaneous Circulation (RoSC).
    • Patient handovers.
    • Modifications required during cardiac arrest.
    • Immediate life support treatment algorithm.
    • End of life care.
    • Using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS).

QA Level 3 Award in Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF)


  • What's covered:
    • Understanding the use of oxygen therapy.
    • Administering emergency oxygen.
    • Pre-operational inspections for oxygen therapy equipment.
    • Clinical need for oxygen therapy.
    • Delivery devices.          
    • Understanding the use of a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.
    • Administering a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.