Over 30,000 Australians suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Australia every year

Less 9% of SCA sufferers survive

Chances of survival drop 10% for every minute that passes without CPR



DRSABCD (Danger Response Airway Breathing Circulation Defibrillation) is an action guide used by schools, universities, surf life saving clubs, paramedics, and on-site workplaces across Australia to address life-threatening situations – particularly sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA).


Action Plan

DRASABCD has become a vital aid in treating a patient who is experiencing a life-threatening situation – such as sudden cardiac arrest.

If someone around you falls unconscious or begins suffering severe chest pains, follow the DRSABCD action plan

  1. Observe the surroundings for any danger.
  2. Search for a response from your patient, before attending to any injuries. You can search to see if the patient is alert or verbally active.
  3. Send for help by shouting for assistance and calling 000.
  4. Check the patient’s airways for anything that might be stopping air from getting to the lungs.
  5. If nothing appears to be blocking the airways, check to see if the patient is breathing.
  6. If the patient is not breathing, start CPR. Chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing save lives, because they allow for the circulation of blood and oxygen around the body.
  7. For an unconscious patient who is not breathing, seek out a defibrillator device in your immediate environment.

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