60% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients do not receive bystander CPR
Only 12% of patients who experience cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive
Only 26 percent of Australians are trained in first aid and CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency lifesaving procedure which aims to keep oxygen and blood flowing throughout the body when the heart is not pumping at its normal pace.
Whether you’re a parent or someone responsible for the safety of children or adults, knowing how to perform CPR is a crucial skill to have.
CPR involves delivering chest compressions and rescue breaths in order to help circulate blood and oxygen around the body.
If you’re the first responder to a situation where someone isn’t breathing, call 000 immediately.
While you wait for emergency services to arrive, roll them carefully onto their back so that they can receive CPR
Once you have laid them carefully onto their back check for breathing. If they are not breathing, start CPR.
Begin by applying a steady rate of 100 to 120 compressions every 60 seconds (this is the same rate as the beat of the song ‘Staying Alive’. After every 30 compressions, give two rescue breaths.
Repeat this process until an ambulance or automated external defibrillator (AED) arrives.