EMSA or Emergency Medical Services Authority training program is specifically designed to help people (especially those who are involved in child care related jobs) to learn about the pre-hospital emergency medical care. It makes people learn about the basic knowledge and techniques to act promptly and accurately in case of emergencies.
Whatever training program you are considering, make certain that it is approved by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority-EMSA. Though, the American Red Cross (ARC) and the American Heart Association do not come under EMSA, they are also required to provide the child care training as indicated by the EMSA standards. As per the EMSA standards, a training program should include 16 hours of training comprising First Aid and CPR Training (8 hours) and Preventive Health and Safety Training (8 hours).
CPR must be performed by someone who is well-trained in an accredited EMSA approved pediatric CPR course. In order to find an EMSA approved training center in your area or nearby region, you can go directly to the EMSA website and get the list of current child care First Aid, CPR, and Preventive Health and Safety Practices training programs.
If you are planning to take the pediatric first aid, pediatric CPR, or a preventive health training program, then make sure it is approved by the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Authority.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about EMSA training:
May I take shortened classes in child care First Aid and CPR, since I am only renewing my training? : No. The training for child care First Aid and CPR is required to be a total of 8 hours (4 hours for first aid and 4 hours for CPR) each time a child care provider takes the course. The child care First Aid and CPR training must be repeated every two years, at the minimum.
May I take online courses for the child care provider training? : No. On-line courses are not allowed for any of the child care training, as per the statute that governs this particular training requirement. This includes blended training provided by National Training Company such as American Heart Association, Medic First Aid or others- all training the full 8 hours must be in a class room.
EMSA or Emergency Medical Services Authority training generally include the below mentioned programs:
- Pediatric first aid (4 hours): Pediatric first aid mainly focuses on emergency situations faced by those who look after young children and infants, including pre-schools, private nursery schools, day nurseries, child minders, etc. This training provides the ability to perform first aid for an infant and a child, administer emergency first aid to an infant and a child with a chronic medical condition or sudden illness, etc.
- Pediatric (Infant, Child and Adult) CPR (4 hours): Infants, children and adults have different needs when it comes to CPR. The attendants can learn the various useful CPR techniques to save a life.
- Preventive health and safety training program (8 hours): It covers preventive health practices and policies regarding illness, injury, health and safety. The course also includes the new 2016 Childcare Nutrition program.
EMSA Training courses usually cover scene assessment & barriers, primary & injury assessment, choking management, control of bleeding, shock management, continuing circle of care, illness assessment, respiratory problems, poisoning and allergic reactions, diabetic emergencies, seizures, child abuse, motor vehicle safety, spinal injuries & head injuries, fractures & dislocations, and more.
EMSA or Emergency Medical Services Authority training is a program designed to teach pre-hospital emergency medical care. It helps the professionals, especially those who are involved in child care jobs to respond correctly and quickly in an emergency situation. If you are looking for a pediatric first aid, pediatric CPR and preventive health and safety training program for the licensed child care setting, make sure it is approved by the EMS Authority.
Though, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross (ARC) do not come under EMSA oversight, both the training programs must provide the child care training according to the EMSA standards. Their instructors must abide by the EMSA standards for training. They must provide the 8-hour child care provider pediatric first aid and CPR course. If they do not, then they can be reported to the AHA government liaison.
Furthermore, every 2 years, the EMSA Licensed child care providers must renew their training. To renew the training, they need to complete 4 hours of pediatric first aid and 4 hours of pediatric CPR, which also includes adult CPR and infant, child, and adult AED training and other related topics.
This Infographic throws light on some basic EMSA first-aid guidelines to help yourself and others. These guidelines will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge required to handle a medical emergency.
Whether we talk of your workplace or home, a medical emergency may arise anytime. A cardiac arrest, accident or any other injury can put a person’s life in danger. The ability to handle a medical emergency in the right manner can make a big difference when it comes to saving the life of the injured person. Regardless of your age or the line of work you’re in, it’s important to be aware of the steps you need to take to handle a medical emergency. EMSA offers many programs that can prove to be very useful in this regard. See the below infographic for more information on first-aid guidelines