Coronavirus COVID-19

Notification of Hygiene Procedures During CPR/First Aid Training

July, 2021

Thank you for enrolling in an upcoming course with Re:VIVA First Aid Training.

CPR and first aid training is an essential service since many healthcare professionals such as doctors, registered nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists and allied health care are unable to practice unless they have a current CPR and/or first aid certificate. 

In these challenging times to maintain training to the community and industry, I would like to share with you the following information to reassure you that Re:VIVA is undertaking all reasonable steps in maintaining your health and safety during CPR and/or first aid training.

The following changes in procedures are based on the government recommendations and will be implemented during your upcoming course.

Screening of participants at the commencement of class:

  • At the beginning of class, we ask a series of questions to ensure that no one has been displaying the signs of the COVID-19 virus or in contact with someone who has displayed these signs. 
  • If you have been in a close contact area or in close contact with a person who has tested positive (or demonstrating signs and symptoms of Covid), then you should abide by the public health orders and not attend training until you satisfy all public health order requirements.

Recommended Social Distancing for a Closed Space:

  • Re:VIVA will maintain the current recommended social distancing requirements as stipulated by the relevant State/Territory Authorities. The specific recommended distance will vary from State to State and may change  at any time. If training on your premises, we must maintain the recommended social distance at the time  of the course booking for your particular State/Territory.

Surgical Masks:

  • Depending upon the public health orders of respective State government authorities, the wearing of surgical masks during training may be mandatory according to those public health orders.
  • Therefore, if public health orders request the mandatory wearing of masks, then we request each participant to bring their own during face-to-face training. 
  • Surgical mask exemptions: you may have an exemption for the mandatory wearing of a surgical mask for medical reasons. This exemption is to come from your healthcare professional and you MUST have a copy of the exemption documentation with you during face-to-face training. In the event that the authorities undertake a ‘spot-check’ of compliance during face-to-face training, you will be required to show evidence of this exemption to the officer.
  • Note: for privacy purposes, ReVIVA does not need to view this document or identify the reason for the exemption. So long as you have it with you to show the authorities should they question why a participant is not wearing a mask during training.

Disinfection throughout training: use of hand gels and alcohol wipes:

  • Surfaces touched by participants, including training and assessment materials such as CPR mannequins, epi-pens, spacer devices and placebo puffers will be disinfected at the beginning, during and after their use by the individual prior to return to the trainer.
  • Whenever the participant leaves the room or goes to the bathroom during training, they must wash their hands with soap and water (20 seconds washing) and use hand gel after washing their hands.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves will be available for participants to wear during all practical training and assessment sessions

Practical CPR Training and Assessment:

  • Re:VIVA has modified the training and assessment of the simulation of ventilations on CPR mannequins. The technique of jaw lift and head tilt (if applicable) must however be maintained during training and assessment to be deemed competent in CPR. The ventilations however will be simulated with a breath/puff down the side of the mannequin’s face without any direct contact with the mannequin.
  • Prior to and after each use of the mannequin, each individual will be given a disinfectant wipe to clean their own mannequin.
  • As per usual procedure, even though no direct mouth contact on the mannequin will occur, Re:VIVA will still insist on the use of a face shield (barrier device) to be placed on the mannequin when simulating ventilations.

Practical Bandaging and Assessment:

  • Re:VIVA only utilises fresh (unopened) triangular and roller bandages, therefore the participant will be the first person to touch these bandages.
  • Bleeding control and pressure immobilisation bandage (snakebite bandage) will be demonstrated by the participant on the participant’s leg in order to limit physical contact with another participant.
  • Practical assessment of the pressure undertaken on the participant’s leg will be assessed by the trainer wearing gloves.

Consultation with Clients:

  • Re:VIVA will accept the decision of any client (corporate or individual) to postpone any training should they be unable provide training space where 2 m of social distancing can be maintained.

Continuum of Training:

  • All of the above procedures are subject to the government not imposing any further restrictions on face-to-face meetings.

I trust this information is of assistance to you and we look forward to meeting you soon at a course.

Keep safe and healthy.

Ory De Fina
Managing Director