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PROSPECTUS JANUARY 2007

Dear Student

Thank you for contacting Netcare911 School of Emergency and Critical Care for your training requirements.

Netcare911, in conjunction with Netcare Education, operates one of the largest private Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training centres in Africa. The Division is led by a dynamic team of industry experienced instructors and academics in the EMS field.

The SECC (School of Emergency and Critical Care) has established campuses in Midrand (Johannesburg), Durban and Nelspruit.

Our short courses, undergraduate courses and post graduate programmes are applicable to both members of the general public and healthcare professionals at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Course

The Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Course for Adults and Children is offered to members of the general public or organisations complying with OHS and NOSA Acts.

Course duration is four hours (half a day). The course teaches CPR skills to save the lives of adults, children and infants.

Learners receive an SA Resuscitation Council participation card and those who elect to take the course assessment receive an American Heart Association certificate (valid for 2 years).

Courses are presented at Netcare911 House in Midrand. On site courses, for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 learners, are also available via prior arrangement with the Programme Coordinator.

Course dates for 2007 can be obtained from the Programme Coordinator. Unfortunately the dates cannot be guaranteed, as changes may occur due to demand.

  • Automated External Defibrillation Course

The Automated External Defibrillation Course (Heartsaver AED) is offered for employees who are expected to respond to emergency medical situations in the workplace and for members of the public who want to learn First Responder AED skills.

Course duration is one full day. Learners are taught CPR skills and the use of an AED machine (automated device that shocks the heart out of cardiac arrest to a normal heart rhythm).

Chain of Survival techniques are also covered ? how to detect signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking, and a section is devoted to healthy heart living and actions to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults.

Learners who successfully complete the course assessment receive a certificate registered with the American Heart Association (valid for 2 years).

Courses are presented at Netcare911 House in Midrand. On site courses, for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 learners, are also available via prior arrangement with the Programme Co-ordinator.

Course dates for 2007 can be obtained from the Programme Coordinator. Unfortunately the dates cannot be guaranteed, as changes may occur due to demand.

  • Emergency Care Level 1

The Emergency Care Level 1 course is offered to members of the general public, organisations complying with OHS and NOSA Acts and for students interested in pursuing a career in the EMS field.

Course duration is two full days (08:00 ? 17:00), with 10 hours self study (recommended) prior to commencement of the course. Learners receive a certificate recognised by the Department of Labour (valid for three years). Learners who elect to take and successfully complete the course assessment also receive an American Heart Association certificate (valid for 2 years).

Courses are presented at Netcare911 House in Midrand and the medium of instruction shall be English. On site courses, for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 learners, are also available via prior arrangement with the Programme Coordinator.

  • Emergency Care Level 1 Course Content

1. Primary survey 2. Secondary survey
3. Shock, fainting 4. Wounds, bleeding, burns
5. Head and spinal injuries, fractures 6. CPR
7. Unconsciousness

Course dates for 2007 are as follows, with registration closing two weeks prior to the course start date.

Unfortunately the dates cannot be guaranteed, as changes may occur due to demand.

  • Emergency Care Level 1 - 3

The Emergency Care Level 1 to 3 course is offered to members of the general public, organisations complying with OHS and NOSA Acts and for students interested in pursuing a career in the EMS field.

Course duration is five full days with 10 hours self study (recommended) prior to commencement of the course.

Learners receive a certificate recognised by the Department of Labour (valid for three years). Learners who elect to take and successfully complete the course assessment also receive an American Heart Association certificate (valid for 2 years).

Courses are presented at Netcare911 House in Midrand and the medium of instruction shall be English.

On site courses, for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 learners, are also available via prior arrangement with the Programme Coordinator.

  • Emergency Care Level 1 to 3 Course Content

Day 1

1. Basic Anatomy and Physiology

  • Nervous system
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • GIT

2. Principles of emergency care
3. Emergency care provider and the law
4. Call for help
5. Safety and scene management
6. Primary survey
7. Secondary survey
8. Cardiovascular disorders
9. CVA

Day 2

1. CPR and choking

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Infant

2. Shock
3. Unconsciousness
4. Fainting
5. Diabetes
6. Seizures

Day 3

1. Anaphylaxis
2. Temperature related injuries
3. Water and diving accidents
4. Wounds and bleeding
5. Fractures
6. Eye injuries
7. Chest injuries
8. Abdo-pelvic injuries
9. Practical for wounds and bleeding

Day 4

1. Head and spinal injuries
2. Burns
3. Poisoning
4. Bites and stings, snake bites
5. Emergency childbirth
6. Special patients
7. Multiple patients
8. Practical's for head and spinal injuries
9. Practical's for childbirth

Day 5

1. Bandaging Practical
2. SIMS
3. Revision
4. Written exam
5. Overview

Course dates are available on request from the campus nearest to you. Unfortunately the dates cannot be guaranteed, as changes may occur due to demand.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


Basic Ambulance Assistant Course

The Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) programme is offered to students wishing to pursue a career in the EMS field. The BAA course is an entry level qualification into the pre-hospital emergency care profession.

Designed to equip learners with the basic skills needed to function within the Emergency Medical Services environment, the programme is accredited with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Although the term ?basic?, is used to describe the course level and content, the BAA course has a reputation for being particularly challenging, as it introduces medical terms and practical skills unique to the EMS. For the same reason, the BAA course may also be one of the most interesting and stimulating courses that you will undertake in your EMS career.

The full time course duration is five weeks, Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 16:30. The duration of the part time course is approximately three months, three evenings per week (18:00 to 21:00) and every alternate Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00. Refresher courses are also held occasionally and they run over two days. Please confirm dates and fees with the Programme Co-ordinator.

Entry level requirements for the BAA course are:

  • A valid driver?s licence
  • Matric standard of education
  • First Aid qualification (Minimum Level 1)

Certified copies of relevant documents must be presented before any student shall be considered for registration.

Courses are presented at Netcare911 House in Midrand and the medium of tuition shall be English. Netcare911 also has campuses in the Vaal, KZN and Nelspruit. On successful completion of the BAA course, students are issued with a certificate from the SECC and a registration form for the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Students are then required to register with the Council before they can practice as a BAA.


  • Ambulance Emergency Assistant Course

The Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA) programme is offered to BAA graduates with basic life support work experience (1000 hours) and covers various aspects of Intermediate Life Support for adults, children and infants, in both the medical and trauma disciplines.

The course includes lectures, skill stations and interactive sessions that integrate knowledge and acquired skills into a clinically useful discipline.

Accredited with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, students who successfully complete the programme are eligible to register with the HPCSA as an Emergency Care Practitioner to practise Intermediate Life Support.

The full time course duration is three months while the part time course spans over six months.

Entry level requirements for the AEA course are:

  • A pass grade and/or top 12 ranking for the AEA entrance exam
  • Matric standard of education
  • BAA certificate
  • HPCSA Registration Certificate and copy of current HPCSA card
  • A log book or written proof of 1000 hours or more practical road work

Certified copies of relevant documents must be presented before any student shall be considered for registration.

Entrance Exam

A non-refundable entrance exam fee of R350 is payable on registration and proof of payment must accompany the exam registration form. The entrance exam is conducted at the Netcare911 School of Emergency and Critical Care, Midrand Campus.

The top 12 candidates will be offered a place on the AEA course.

Courses are presented at Netcare911 House in Midrand and the medium of instruction is English. The AEA curriculum is obtainable in electronic format on the website of the HPCSA.

  • The Part Time AEA Course

In 2007 the AEA part time programme will be presented in a block format. Candidates will be required to spend three periods of nine days full time at the SECC. As many of the potential candidates are full time employed we have structured the nine days so that four of the days fall on weekends.

Thus requiring potential candidates to take only 23 working days leave from their employers in total over the entire year. This includes the Midterm and Final Examinations.

Majority of the lectures will be presented Monday to Sunday at the Midrand Campus of the SECC from 07H00 until 17H00.

All candidates accepted on this programme will be required to attend 90% of the theoretical component and 100% of the practical component.

For Example:

  • The first study block will start on Saturday the 10th of March 2007 until Sunday the 18th March 2007.
  • The second study block will start on Saturday the 5th of May 2007 until Sunday the 13th May 2007.
  • The third study block will start on Saturday the 2nd of June 2007 until Sunday the 10th June 2007

Should you require additional information, or wish to enrol, please feel free to contact the Programme Coordinator personally.

Also note that payment for courses must be received in advance and no booking will be finalised before proof of payment has been received. Netcare911 SECC bank details are available on request.

Kind regards

Netcare911 School of Emergency and Critical Care