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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assist and support a client with a breathing problem 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260600  Assist and support a client with a breathing problem 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for community workers who are required to give basic support and assistance to clients with common respiratory problems such as Tuberculosis, asthma and cardiac conditions. It will enable the learner to keep a person with these conditions calm and restrict their movement to ensure wellbeing.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Managing a client with serious breathing problems.
  • Assisting a person with difficulty in breathing to improve breathing.
  • Assisting a person with a breathing problem to carry out activities of daily living. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communications at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Manage a client with breathing problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The most common causes of breathing problems in the learner's own community are specified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Common causes include, but are not limited to, Tuberculosis, asthma, allergies, smoking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Persons with breathing problems are identified and referred for medical attention. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Serious breathing problems are identified by the type of breathing, possible loss of consciousness, appearance of ribs and nostrils, skin colour - especially around mouth and nose.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The means to get a person with serious breathing problems to a doctor or hospital urgently are identified and utilised in emergency situations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assist a person with difficulty in breathing to improve breathing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The client's use of own asthma aerosol spray/inhaler, where applicable, is observed and actions corrected if required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Body positions that help ease breathing are demonstrated and taught to the client and significant others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct use of steam inhalation is explained and demonstrated to the client and significant others. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assist a person with a breathing problem to carry out activities of daily living. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Energy conservation methods are demonstrated to a client and their and significant others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The precautions to be observed by the client when executing activities of daily living are explained and demonstrated to the client and significant others. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Different types of breathing disorders and their causes.
  • Breathing aids and techniques.
  • When to refer urgently. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to difficulty breathing. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with then client, family and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect analyse organise and evaluate information about clients, family and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with clients, family and members of the health care team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively with regard to available equipment and to the control of distressing symptoms. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that breathing problems do not exist in isolation and that a variety of factors can affect breathing including environmental, personal health of individual and related causal diseases. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    It is strongly recommended that the learner be found competent in the following unit standards prior to learning towards this Unit Standard:
  • ID 260463: Assist the client and significant others to manage home based health care.
  • ID 117017: Provide information about TB and Directly Observed Treatment (DOTS).
  • ID 260406: Assist in facilitating and implementing primary health care projects within the community.
  • ID 110044: Collect information to support a community needs assessment.
  • ID 260597: Provide information about HIV and AIDS and treatment options in community care and support situations.
  • ID 119567: Perform Basic life support and first Aid procedures.
  • ID 260481: Create an awareness of disability and disability issues in a community.
  • ID 260479: Promote activities of daily living for clients with a disability or a chronic condition.
  • ID 260498: Provide basic interventions to prevent deformities improve mobility and reduce pain for clients with disabilities.

    Credit Justification:

    Activity Hours; Hours; Credits:
  • Classroom Learning; 16 Hours; 1.6 Credits.
  • On the job learning, site visits and clinical accompaniment; 10 Hours; 1.0 Credits.
  • Self Directed learning; 04 Hours; 0.4 Credits.

    Total: 30 Hours; 3 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64769   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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