NZQA registered unit standard / 19369 version 3
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Title / Carry out advanced patient recovery techniques
Level / 4 / Credits / 25
Purpose / People credited with this unit standard are able to:
–assess the situation involving retrieval by rope, and deploy appropriate equipment;
–prepare patient for descent;
–descend with patient and apply appropriate first aid and basic life support;
–set up and use hauling systems for retrieval purposes; and;
–demonstrate lead climbing and aid traversing retrieval techniques.
Classification / Lifting Equipment > Industrial Rope Access
Available grade / Achieved
Critical health and safety prerequisites / Unit standard 26551, Provide first aid for life threatening conditions, Unit standard 26552, Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them, or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.
1This unit standard has been developed for learning and assessment on-job or off-job in a simulated environment.
2All tasks must be carried out in accordance with Best Practise Guide (BPG) based on:
aquality management systems;
bdesigner’s requirements and manufacturers operating instructions; and government and local government legislation, regulations, bylaws, Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and New Zealand Standards;
cthe most up to date version of the:
http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/information-guidance/pdf-documents-library/industrial-rope-access-guidelines.pdf, or its subsequent amendment and replacements; and
dAS/NZS 1891 parts 1 - 4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices; AS/NZS 4488 parts 1 and 2 Industrial rope access systems, New Zealand Standards are available from or their subsequent amendments.
Those undertaking assessment against this unit standard should note that work in the industrial rope access industry usually takes place at heights well above ground level, and therefore requires a relevant level of physical fitness and ability to work at heights;
For the purpose of assessment against this unit standard, it is expected that the advanced recovery using industrial rope access system will be demonstrated on a simulated unconscious patient.
Outcomes and evidence requirements
Assess the situation involving retrieval by rope, and deploy appropriate equipment.
1.1Retrieval hazards are identified and managed.
1.2Retrieval system industrial rope access system is deployed in accordance with BPG.
Prepare patient for descent.
2.1The patient is accessed.
2.2The condition of the patient is assessed in terms of airway, breathing, and circulation, and the patient is made safe for descent.
2.3Patient is positioned and secured safely for descent.
Descend with patient and apply appropriate first aid and basic life support.
3.1Descent is in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions for equipment used.
3.2First aid, life support and patient requirements are applied.
Set up and use hauling systems for retrieval purposes.
4.1Hauling system is set.
4.2Retrieval techniques by means of hauling systems are employed.
Demonstrate lead climbing and aid traversing retrieval techniques.
5.1Lead climbing retrieval techniques are employed.
5.2Aid traversing retrieval techniques are employed.Planned review date / 31 December 2019
Status information and last date for assessment for superseded versionsProcess / Version / Date / Last Date for Assessment
Registration / 1 / 28 November 2002 / 31 December 2016
Review / 2 / 23 March 2006 / 31 December 2016
Review / 3 / 16 July 2015 / N/A
Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) reference / 0003
This CMR can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.
Providers must be granted consent to assess against standards (accredited) by NZQA, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be granted consent to assess against standards by NZQA before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Providers and Industry Training Organisations, which have been granted consent and which are assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Requirements for consent to assess and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMRs). The CMR also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
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SSB Code 100401 / New Zealand Qualifications Authority 2019