Saving lives in Walsall!
Are you aware that CPR guidelines changed in October? Would you know what to do in an emergency situation? A formal course is the best way to keep updated but here is a basic guide to help you save someones life:
· Always check for Danger to you before attempting to help others
· Is your casualty Responsive? If not shout for help!
· Open the casualties Airway by tilting the head back and supporting the chin
· Check for Breathing – if the casualty is breathing normally place them in the recovery position and dial 999/112 for help
· If the casualty is not breathing normally then commence CPR
· Ensure the emergency services are alerted immediately
· Place the heel of your hand in the centre of the chest and commence a set of 30 compressions, 5-6cm deep at a rate of 100-120per minute
· If you are willing and able, give two rescue breaths and then return to compressions continuing this ratio of 30:2 until the emergency services arrive, you need to swap with another rescuer or the casualty displays signs of significant improvement and you have established that they are breathing normally
· If you are unwilling or unable to give rescue breaths continue resuscitation with continuous compressions
Remember DRAB - Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing!
Author: First Response (First Aid) Ltd