Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PUAEME004A, 'Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify suspected spinal injury

1.1 Signs and symptoms from a conscious casualty that may suggest a spinal injury are identified.

1.2 Signs of life in an unconscious casualty are confirmed.

1.3 Basic life support protocols are followed with care for casualty's spine where casualty exhibits no signs of life.

1.4 Likely causes of unconsciousness that may suggest a spinal injury are identified.

1.5 Emergency medical aid is requested.

2. Immobilise cervical spine

2.1 Casualty is communicated with to provide reassurance and to explain the need to minimise movement of their spine.

2.2 Casualty is measured and appropriately sized cervical collar is selected.

2.3 Cervical collar is applied ensuring correct location and tension is applied.

2.4 Conscious standing casualty is assisted to supine position in accordance with organisational procedures and availability of personnel.

3. Evaluate need to move casualty

3.1 Potential hazards to first aider and to casualty are identified.

3.2 Risk of not moving the casualty while waiting for medical aid to arrive is evaluated.

3.3 Plan to move casualty is developed.

4. Prepare casualty for transport

4.1 Casualty is communicated with to provide reassurance and the need to immobilise the casualty for transport is explained.

4.2 Equipment to immobilise the casualty's spine is selected.

4.3 Immobilisation equipment is applied in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and organisational procedures.

5. Transport and monitor casualty

5.1 Casualty is transported away from hazards ensuring smooth movements are used by team.

5.2 Team is directed in coordinated lifting movement and lowering of casualty.

5.3 Casualty is monitored during transport.

6. Perform casualty handover

6.1 Details of incident are communicated to medical personnel.

6.2 Assistance is given to medical personnel as requested.

6.3 Debriefing with supervisor or other operational staff is undertaken.

6.4 Relevant log books are completed according to organisational requirements.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PUAEME004A appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA31310 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)