Category: CPR Blog

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Step-by-step Guide to CPR

If you want to be able to save a life you need to learn the basic CPR steps. Whether you progress to learn further CPR or AED and first aid skills is up to...

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Can CPR be Performed in the Water?

Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death worldwide. A victim of drowning requires urgent first aid treatment, for example, CPR if they are not breathing normally. CPR needs to be commenced...

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Common Mistakes When Performing CPR

High-quality CPR is vital to ensure a victim of cardiac arrest has the best possible chance of survival. CPR is a practical skill, and surprisingly easy to make mistakes when performing. You should avoid...

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The Chain of Survival for Cardiac Arrest

The┬áChain of Survival is a term used to describe the care provided to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. But what exactly are the individual links in the chain of survival? Let’s take a...

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Can CPR Actually Revive Someone?

The short answer – it might do! The long answer is a bit more complicated, first, we need to understand how CPR works on a victim who has had a cardiac arrest. A cardiac...

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Why are chest compressions so important in CPR?

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is the combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths used when a victim has a cardiac arrest. Recently, there has been more emphasis on ‘hands-only CPR‘ and the importance of delivering...

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Can CPR be done with one hand?

Yes! There are certain situations when you should use one hand in order to deliver CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breaths in order to keep oxygenated blood flowing around the body....

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What is Asystole?

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops effectively pumping blood around the body. This causes immediate unconsciousness and breathing to stop. The heart is controlled by co-ordinated electrical activity (this is known as...

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Special considerations when using a defibrillator

Using a defibrillator can be lifesaving for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are easy to use. There are several special circumstances to consider when using an AED. Excessive chest hair...

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First aid steps for severe bleeding

Bleeding is a common first aid situation due to scrapes, cuts, and lacerations. Bleeding should be treated as a life-threatening condition if you are unable to control the bleeding through first aid procedures, there...