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Covid Protocols

HealthFirst

COVID-19 health and hygiene information for course participants 


At the end of March 2022, the Swiss Federal Council lifted the last remaining measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and ended the special situation. However, the epidemiological situation remains uncertain, and COVID-19 is still circulating in the community in Switzerland. 

Because a person can be infectious for up to 48 hours before they develop symptoms, we do need to make participants aware that, as with any activity involving contact with other people, there is a small risk that a participant on a course later tests positive for COVID-19. 

Therefore, considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to follow certain safety procedures during our face-to-face courses. The procedures that we have put in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants are detailed here. 

For courses delivered in-house in companies and organisations, we will continue to check and align with internal COVID protocols. 

Health declaration before joining the course

You should not attend the training course if you answer yes to any of the following three questions. We remind you of your social responsibility to reply to these questions truthfully. 

  1. Do you have any signs or symptoms of fever, such as chills, sweats, feeling “feverish”, or a temperature of ≥ 38°C measured using a thermometer?
  2. Do you have any of the following symptoms that could be signs of COVID-19: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; chest tightness; sore throat; nasal congestion or a runny nose; body aches; loss of taste or smell; headache; diarrhoea; nausea or vomiting? 
  3. As far as you are aware, have you been a close contact of anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 within the last 10 days? 

Hand hygiene and masks

You will be asked to hand sanitize on arrival in the training room. Hand hygiene will also be recommended at other intervals throughout the course.

In general, mask-wearing is no longer compulsory during our training courses but if you do still prefer to wear a mask, your decision regarding this is respected.

Some venues that we use may have specific rules regarding mask-wearing in public areas. If this is the case, we will let you know when we send out the reminder email before the course.

For our corporate courses, we will align with your company/organisation’s policy regarding mask-wearing.

Adaptation to training

During our Basic Life Support courses, our course trainers are now able to demonstrate rescue breaths on the training manikins. However, for hygiene reasons, practice of rescue breaths by individuals is not possible. 

We have also adapted the training to reduce touch/close contact between participants. For example, videos will be shown to demonstrate the Recovery Position and the modified Recovery Position if a spinal injury is suspected. Participants can practice putting themselves into these Recovery Positions afterwards. Any other practical activities including bandaging and sling practice have also been adapted. However, if you are happy to engage in close touch with a partner/friend or other participant on the training course during practical exercises, then we respect your decision regarding this. 

Arrangement of the training room and training equipment

We will still respect physical distancing during the training as much as possible.  Any equipment used for practical activities will have been thoroughly disinfected or washed before the training session. It is important that you do not share your training equipment with any other person during the course unless your course trainer oversees the required disinfection procedure. 

We will also ensure that the training room is adequately ventilated. 

Course refreshments 

We will not be serving any course refreshments during our HealthFirst public training courses until further notice. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments to be consumed during course breaks.  

What to do if you become unwell during the training course

If you start to feel unwell during the training course, please alert your course trainer as soon as possible. 

Considerations at the end of the training session

At the end of the training session, your course trainer will run through the simple steps of disinfection of your manikin and any other training materials.

What our clients say:

"Despite the present Covid-19 restrictions, the course was well managed, well presented and space wise, very comfortable. Everyone had their own area in which to work. The information received beforehand to download was well presented and very informative. The trainer was well organised, very experienced and explained everything extremely well."  

Glynis P

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