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Where to Place Defibrillator Pads on a Child

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) deliver lifesaving treatment to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The majority of cardiac arrests occur in adults, most commonly due to ischemic heart disease (IHD). However, children are also at...

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How to Use an AED Effectively

An AED needs to be used as soon as possible after a victim suffers a cardiac arrest. Early AED use is associated with much better outcomes from cardiac arrest. For every minute an AED...

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What is Resuscitation and CPR?

You’ve probably heard about resuscitation and CPR, but what exactly does this mean? To answer this question we need to consider what happens when a victim suffers a cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest occurs...

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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....