Police College runs ITLS Course for campus staff
The Physical Training and First-Aid (PT & FA) Unit of the Foundation Training Centre of Police College carried out a two-day, "International Trauma Life Support" (ITLS) first-aid course for campus staff last December in collaboration with the Accident and Emergency Training Centre of the Hospital Authority.
ITLS, a global non-profit-making organisation with more than 75 chapters worldwide, is accepted internationally as the standard training course for pre-hospital trauma care and endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). The course aims at providing core knowledge and skills suitable for all levels of emergency personnel and is designed for trainees to evaluate and comfort trauma patients.
Given the prevalence of application of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) skills in the field of first-aid, all participants also received related training.
The course was conducted by the Physical Training Instructors of the PT & FA Unit who have achieved the ITLS Instructor and AED Instructor qualifications, both of which are recognised by the Hospital Authority.
The A & E Training Centre arranged a doctor to provide assistance and support throughout the course, which consisted of both theory and practice sessions. The theory session covered "Scene Size Up", "Patient Assessment", "Airway Management", "Shock", "Head, Thorax, Abdominal, Spinal & Extremities Trauma", "Burn" and "Special Consideration for Children, Elderly and Pregnancy". The practical session included "Patient Assessment and Management", "Airway Management", "Manual Grip for Spinal Immobilisation", "Extremity Samsplint Immobilisation" and "Helmet Removal".
As the trainer-to-trainee ratio was 1:4 per course, 20 participants from different divisions of Police College took part in the course. On completion of a written examination and a practical assessment, they were awarded the ITLS Completer (valid for four years) and BLS/AED Certificate (valid for three years).
For the benefit of more campus staff, the next ITLS course has been scheduled for March 1 and 2.
Physical Training Instructors demonstrate the ITLS techniques to trainees
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