Other training courses

For workplace courses including First Aid at Work please see Training in the Workplace, for training for the public see Training for Public page, for courses specific to those who are working children please visit the Training for Children/Youth Workers page.

Epi-Pen Training

Anaphylactic Shock (also called allergic shock) is a life threatening emergency requiring immediate attention.

Someone in Anaphylactic Shock needs Adrenaline. One commonly prescribed device for administering Adrenaline is an Epi-Pen. This is a pen like device which injects someone with Adrenaline.

Adrenaline is a Prescription Only Medication (POM), however during life threatening emergencies Adrenaline can be given by a lay person as per Schedule 7 of The Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 (SI1997/1830) and it's admendments.

For more on Anaphylactic Shock see http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk.

It is reccomended that those undergoing Epi-Training have a valid First Aid Certificate.

Certificates: Certificates issued based on continous assessment during the course and a short practical exam, certificates are valid for one year.
Minimum Students/Maximum Students: 4/12.

Content of Course:

  1. Theory of Anaphylactic Shock
  2. Dealing with Anaphylactic Emergencies
  3. Use of Epi-Pens
  4. CPR Refresher

Oxygen Training

Oxygen Kit

Please note: This course is only available to candidates with an existing First Aid Certificate (this doesn't have to be from White Star Medical).

This course is for those who need extended first aid training in oxygen administration. Additional oxygen can increase survival chances for those who are severely ill or injured, drowning or those who are undergoing CPR. Some workplace risk assesments may indicate that their First Aiders at Work need Oxygen training, for more on this see (see HSE First Aid FAQs).

Certificates: Certificates issued based on continous assessment during the course and a short practical exam, certificates are valid for one year.
Minimum Students/Maximum Students: 4/12.

Content of Course:

  1. Safe Use of Oxygen
  2. Use of Airway Adjuncts (OP/NP Airways)
  3. Using Oxygen in Medical Emergencies
  4. CPR Refresher

Automated External Defibrillator Training

Should I provide a defibrillator for use in the workplace?

Standard Defib Sign

The following was taken from the HSE First Aid FAQs Page.

As an employer, you will need to carry out an assessment of first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances of the workplace. There is no legal bar to employers making a defibrillator available in the workplace if the assessment of first aid needs indicates such equipment is required. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 do not prevent someone who is specially trained from taking action beyond the initial management of a casualty. It is important that the person who will be required to use a defibrillator, usually a first aider, is appropriately trained. Courses in the use of defibrillators are available. Training providers offering such courses do not need approval from HSE for this purpose.

AED training is available from White Star Medical. If someone has a cardiac arrest time is critical, they require good quality CPR and in a majority of cases a shock from a defibrillator to save their life. AEDs are increasingly being located in public places such as railway stations, shopping centres, leisure complexes and so on. Training in the use of these AEDs ensures that the right thing and the safest thing when it matters most.

Please note: This course is only available to candidates with an existing First Aid Certificate (this doesn't have to be from White Star Medical).

Certificates: Certificates issued based on continous assessment during the course and a short practical exam, certificates are valid for one year.
Minimum Students/Maximum Students: 4/12.

Content of Course:

  1. AED Safety
  2. Management of Cardiac Arrests using AEDs
  3. Theory of AEDs, Heart Rhythms and cardiac electrical activity
  4. CPR Refresher

Training Exercises

White Star Medical has experience in creating both practical (also known as "moulage exercises") and tabletop simulation exercises. The more realistic an exercise the more that can be learnt and the greater benefit to those taking part.

Practical ("moulage") Exercises

These are created to suit the environment that the First Aiders will be working in, with "mock" casualties based on previous casualty history and risk assesments of potential injuries. White Star Medical maintains a list of experienced actors and trainers who with the addition of casualty makeup are very realistic patients.

Proper planning before any practical exercise is vital and may have to include liasion with police, ambulance, fire service and local emergency planning departments.