Life Saving

Performing CPR

Would you know what to do if you came across a person who was unconscious and not breathing?

Watch the videos on how to resuscitate adults, children and babies, or read the tips written adjacent to  the video players.

Click the picture above to access interactive training app.

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If an adult is not breathing normally, you must call an ambulance then start cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths.

 1. Place your hands on the centre of their chest and, with the heel of your hand, press down (5-6cm). After every 30 chest compressions give two breaths.

2. Pinch the person’s nose. Place your mouth over their mouth and - by blowing steadily - attempt two rescue breaths each over one second.

3. Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until emergency help arrives or the person begins to breath normally.

If you are unable or unwilling to give rescue breaths give chest compressions alone.

Recovery Position

Why use the recovery position?

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It keeps the casualty who is unconcsious but IS BREATHING, in a stable position with their airway open.
  • It prevents the casualty's tongue from blocking their airway.
  • It promotes drainage of fluids, such as blood or vomit, from their mouth.
  • It keeps the casualty in a safe position if they have to be left alone.
  • If the casualty was left on their back their tongue could relax and block their airway

Roll the casualty onto their side as shown. Gently tilt their head back to open their airway.

Monitor the casualty until emergency help arrives.