First Aid

CFR & Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) - Course Details

Course intro:

This 1-day CFR & Glucagon course is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to respond to a variety of life-threatening emergencies, including Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest, Stroke, Choking and emergency treatment of adults with severe angina.

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has designed the Cardiac First Response (CFR) and Glyceryl trinitrate standard to offer appropriate training to individuals and groups who wish to avail of certified training in basic life support and the administration of Glyceryl trinitrate for emergency treatment of adults with severe angina. This has been possible by SI No. 449 of 2015 Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 and PHECC clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).


Course content

  • Introduction & Course Objectives
  • Common problems requiring CFR
  • Administration of aspirin
  • Use of Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • What to do in an emergency situation
  • CPR (Adult/Child/Infant)
  • Legislation
  • Administration and storage of GTN
  • Questions
  • Conclude & Evaluations




Learners must successfully complete a multiple chose exam (pass rate is 80%) and a skills assessment


Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the signs of a life-threatening emergency
  • Respond in an effective, safe, and appropriate manner, to a life-threatening emergency, utilising basic life support skills
  • Retrieve and appropriately use, if required, an automated external defibrillator during a cardiac arrest
  • Report and record their actions and interventions appropriately and handover to emergency medical services.
  • React to a person with severe angina

Who is the course intended for:

This CFR & Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) course may be of interest to those whose work involves dealing with the public, such as teachers, sports coaches, activity leaders, etc.; and healthcare professionals who wish to be certified in providing CFR to patients with severe angina.


Entry requirements

There is no prerequisite course required to be completed prior to entry the CFR & Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) medication management course. However, a learner should be mature enough to comprehend the knowledge, skills and implications associated with defibrillation and have a maturity to complete assessment to receive certification.


Refresher entry requirements

Learners wishing to recertify in CFR & Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN), are required to submit a valid CFR & Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) certificate. CFR & Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) certificates are valid for two years.