PHECC Cardiac First Responder

This Cardiac First Response – Community Level course was developed by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) as a national standard for anyone who has to deal with a heart attack, stroke or choking. A Cardiac First Responder can play a vital role in keeping a person alive until they receive expert medical assistance. Equally CPR and an AED are important links in the chain of survival.

Participants are taught the basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the relief of choking for adults, children and infants.


Programme Duration

day (4 hours approximately)


Programme Content

·                 Recognise the signs and symptoms of the four major emergencies:

                                                            Heart attach


                                                            Cardiac arrest

                                                            Foreign body airway obstruction

·                 Patient assessment

·                 Recovery position

·                 When it is appropriate to use the AED machine

·                 Correct operation and use of the AED machine

·                 Basic techniques of CPR (Adult/Child/Infant)

·                 Barrier devices in CPR

·                 Choking – conscious and unconscious

·                 Aspirin administration for heath attack

·                 Stroke

·                 Skills practice.



There is no formal exam however there is continuous assessment throughout the course so full participation in individual and group exercises is required in order to receive certification




Accredited by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).

PHECC is a statutory agency and the regulator for all pre hospital

emergency medical care in Ireland.


Certificate is valid for 2 years.

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