A really important skill to have is the ability to administer CPR, so here we'll show you how in the safest and most effective way possible.
The purpose of CPR or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation is to maintain blood flow to the vital organs; CPR also keeps the heart in a shockable rhythm before the arrival of an AED.
Step 1 - Perform your primary survey (DRAB). Kneel down next to the casualty, roughly level with the chest.
Step 2 - If you are alone, leave the casualty to phone for an ambulance and grab a defibrillator. If you have a bystander present, send them to do it for you.
Step 3 - If the casualty is not breathing normally, begin CPR. Give 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths.
Step 4 - Continue giving cycles of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until:
- Help arrives.
- The casualty begins to regain responsiveness and starts breathing normally.
- Or you become too exhausted to continue CPR.
Our handy infogram will guide you through the steps on how to treat someone who is in need of CPR.
Have a question about CPR? Feel free to call our customer care team on 0845 0171 0820 who are happy to help with any enquiries.