Instructor Resource Center
Welcome to the new NSC First Aid Instructor Resource Center. NSC is grateful for your dedication to our shared life-saving mission. Here you will find vital information, such as product updates, training tips, administrative tools and first aid news. This site is designed to help you successfully teach NSC first aid programs. For suggestions or questions about the Instructor Resource Center, email [email protected].
|First Aid Course Equivalency|
The National Safety Council cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses meet the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This letter provides the details related to those guidelines. Use this letter when questions arise regarding how NSC courses compare to other programs or what guideline standards course completion meets.
|NSC Instructor and Training Center Agreements|
NSC has updated our Instructor and Training Center Agreements, this includes our Educational Training Center Agreement. Please use the new agreements with any new First Aid Instructors and Training Centers. Current Instructors and Training Centers are not, at this time, required to update their agreements.
Thank you for your assistance bringing any new Instructors or Training Centers up to date.
|Training Supply Bundles for Instructors|
NSC First Aid Instructor Bundle Kits are a convenient way for instructors to start training or replenish supplies. Most kits contain everything instructors need to teach their first 24 participants. That includes manikins, AED trainers, Epi-Pen trainers, participant workbooks and more!
You can choose:
● Kits for teaching in a 2-to-1 manikin-to-participant ratio
● Kits for teaching in a 1-to-1 manikin-to-participant ratio
● Teaching supply refill kits for instructors who already have their manikins
|Case Scenarios for Customizing Your Training|
These materials provide NSC authorized instructors with over 100 industry-specific case scenarios so you can build meaning through the content you deliver. Choose key industries, then download PowerPoint presentations with first aid case scenarios specific to that industry.
You’ll find relevant first aid situations that will resonate with your training audience and help reinforce the content you teach. Within the slide decks, you’ll find content to support a variety of first aid situations that participants may encounter.
|Course Completion Cards|
On Nov. 13, 2023, NSC moved to digital certificates for all Instructor-led first aid courses and discontinued paper course certificates. Every first aid participant workbook and e-participant workbook purchase is now paired with an equal number of digital certificates. Learn more about Digital Certificates here.
It’s not required, but if you’d like to exchange your remaining paper certificates for a digital certificate credit, simply email [email protected]. Please provide the total number of certificates you are exchanging and your Chapter, Training Center or Instructor information.
If you would like to continue using your stock of paper course certificates, please use the following guidelines:
Course completion cards must be printed or typed when they are issued. Hand-written completion cards are not acceptable. Also, the cards must be filled out completely and include the correct course name. The course completion card template that came with your instructor kit includes a field in the upper right-hand portion of the card.
Only official NSC course titles may be printed on completion cards. The only course titles that may be used on NSC completion cards are:
For First Aid Cards:
For CPR Cards:
For more information, please read the Instructor Guidelines in the front of your Instructor Manual.
When you issue first aid completion cards that meet the Coast Guard requirement, please include the following numbers to the card:
First Aid: NATSAF-202
Include both numbers when completing both first aid and CPR requirements.
NSC issues a new, single completion card for First Aid, CPR and AED courses. This card, which has “First Aid, CPR and AED” pre-printed on it, replaces the separate First Aid and CPR completion cards that were issued for First Aid, CPR and AED courses. AED is a required component of the NSC CPR training curriculum, and must be included in all CPR courses without exception. Instructors who teach NSC CPR without the AED portion of the course are violating their Instructor Agreement.
These handy course outlines will help you plan the timing and delivery of each course.
|Program Corrections and Enhancements|
The First Aid Practice Area has responded to requests to update our content on two topics. We have added information specifying when an impaled object should be removed from the mouth or cheek area. We have also updated information on treating a sucking chest wound.
The content has been updated in the digital materials available through NSC Learning. Log in, go to My Home Page, then Access My Training & Materials. You’ll find updated content for:
First Aid, CPR and AED
Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED
In future printed materials, this information will be integrated in to the following courses:
First Aid, CPR & AED – Instructor Manual page 38
First Aid – Instructor Manual page 38
Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED – reference to Sucking Chest Wound Instructor Manual page 111
Cheek Impalement – The only time you should remove an impaled object from the cheek/mouth is if the airway is completely blocked, preventing breathing and you can do so without further injuring the person. Removing an impaled object can damage the nerves and blood vessels and make the wound worse as well as increase bleeding into the mouth and affecting the airway. Stabilize the object with gauze or bandaging and keep the person still and calm until first responders arrive.
Sucking Chest Wound – It is better to not block air flowing in and out than for air to be completely sealed off which would create a tension pneumothorax. In classes at the EMS level or above, 3 sided occlusive dressings are generally taught but that is outside the scope of this class.
|Skill Testing for eLearners|
Participants who complete the First Aid, CPR and AED, First Aid Only, or CPR and AED Only eLearning courses must perform skill testing to receive a skills certification card. When you receive your 8th Edition First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor Credential, you are automatically qualified to be a Skill Tester for participants. This includes instructors that have completed the eLearning courses for:
Use the Performance Checklist included in your Instructor Resource Kit to test participant’s skills, then log their completion through NSC Learning.
Research indicates that the use of instrumented directive feedback devices and manikins can improve the overall quality of CPR performance. While NSC supports the use of such devices in CPR training whenever possible, there are no plans to require the use of such devices in NSC courses at this time.
Did you know that NSC has created a lifesaving app? This tool replaces our Quick Reference Guide with detailed, life-saving steps for various illnesses and injuries. Learn more
On March 29, 2023, the FDA approved naloxone, or Narcan®, a life-saving medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, for over-the-counter non-prescription use. NSC is thrilled workplaces will now be able to more easily obtain this lifesaving drug for first aid kits. At nsc.org, you can find:
NSC includes naloxone video and print content in our FA/CPR/AED, FA, CPR/AED, BLS, ADVFABLS, and in our FA/CPR/AED, FA, and CPR/AED
NSC does not specify the types of individuals who can attend our first aid courses. First aid instructors are aware of the physical demands of the courses, and if prospective students have questions about the physical requirements, the instructor should be able to answer them. Individuals with physical disabilities or limitations are welcome in NSC courses, and reasonable accommodations should be made by the instructor, as stated in the instructor manual. However, students must be able to perform all required skills in order to successfully complete the course and earn a completion card.
NSC includes a closed captioning option in our multimedia video files.
Avoid speaking when students are writing in their workbooks. Wait until they have finished writing and then begin to speak.
Before answering a student’s question, repeat or rephrase the question. This is especially helpful if the question comes from the back of the room or if the student speaks in a soft voice.
Announce when you are going to read or call attention to something in the workbook or Quick Guide, and reference the page and page location. This allows the students to find and reference it. For example, “Let’s turn to Scenario 2: Chemical Spill, on the top of page 33—I’ll read it for you.” It is usually easier for deaf/HH students to read directly from the source.
Turn your body towards the deaf/HH student when you speak, and avoid blocking your face with any object. Deaf/HH students use face and lip-reading cues to follow what is being said.
Watch for expressions of frustration, confusion and inattention. You may have to explain the content in a different way to help the student understand.
Don’t speak louder than normally or exaggerate your mouth movements. Keep your rate of speech the same as it always is.
You don’t need batteries in your AED training units when students are watching the AED section of film and practicing along with it. Instead, have the students follow the voice prompts that come from the multimedia. Later, when testing, you can use the training unit batteries and vary the scenarios.
When teaching the first aid course, ask participants to bring their own first aid kit to the course, either from their work vehicle or from their home. Then, as you work through the various sessions in the workbook, review what we could use from the first aid kit to provide basic first aid. If you are near the first aid kit that is provided for everyone in the building, look to see what contents to use from that kit, as well.
By having their own first aid kits in the classroom, they 1) get familiar with the contents of their own first aid kit, 2) see what they could use from the kit, and 3) inspect their kit and discard expired items. Too many people don’t really know what they have in their first aid kits!