Would you know what to do if a friend, colleague or family member suffers a heart attack or stops breathing?
Danger - Look for any further danger, first to yourself then to your casualty, don’t put yourself or others at risk.
Response - Gently shake the shoulders and ask loudly “are you ok?” Shout for help, but don’t leave the casualty yet.
Airway - Open the airway by tilting the head back and lifting the chin.
Breathing - Look, listen and feel for normal breathing. If not breathing normally dial 999, then start CPR.
• Give 30 chest compressions, then 2 rescue
• Continue giving cycles of 30 compressions to 2
• Only stop to recheck the patient if they start
breathing normally – otherwise do not interrupt
• If there is more than one rescuer, change over
every 2 minutes to prevent fatigue.
How to perform a chest compression:
Kneel by the side of the victim.
Place the heel of one hand in the centre of victims chest.
Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand
Interlock the fingers of both hands & lift them to ensure that pressure is not applied over the victims ribs.
Keeping your elbows straight depress the sternum approx 4-5 cm & then release it
Deliver 30 compressions at a rate of 100 per minute
This resuscitation advice does not replace ‘hands on’ training with an approved training organisation.
Kent Safety Training can give you these skills and more in one of many types of First Aid Courses available - see www.kentsafetytraining.co.uk for more details