Level 3 Administering Emergency Medical Gases (RQF)

This qualification forms part of the Qualsafe Awards Pre-hospital Care qualifications. It will provide the Learner with the knowledge and understanding to be able to administer emergency medical gases in a pre-hospital care setting. This course is designed for those who should be able to demonstrate the administration of safe, prompt and effective use of emergency medical gases which can arise when providing emergency treatment and/or management in pre-hospital care situations.

This Qualsafe Awards qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility to be able to safely administer and monitor the effects of emergency medical gases within their scope of practice in a pre-hospital environment.


This includes (but is not limited to) the following roles/personnel:

  • A first aider operating in a high risk workplace such as:

       – In welding, flame cutting and similar processes;

       – For helping people with breathing difficulties;

       – In hyperbaric chambers as a medical treatment;

       – For food preservation and packaging;

       – In steelworks and chemical plants 

  • Community first responders

  • Fire, police and other emergency services personnel



While achievement of this qualification confirms Learners have met both the theoretical and practical requirements, this does not imply a ‘license to practice’ – the scope of practice will be determined by the organisation responsible for medical gases provision. This qualification does not allow a Learner to obtain, store or administer medical gases without clinical governance. - Qualsafe Awarding Body

Before they can register on to this qualification, Learners must have:

  • Successfully completed a Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF) (FAW) or QA recognised equivalent, and

  • Knowledge/awareness of an automated external defibrillator (AED) if it isn’t incorporated into the FAW

Unit 1:

1. Understand the principles of administering oxygen in an emergency 

2. Be able to administer oxygen in an emergency

Unit 2:

1. Understand use of a combination of nitrous oxide 50% and oxygen 50%

2. Be able to administer 50:50 mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen in an emergency

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