…..If no response – squeeze their shoulder and speak to them e.g. hello there, are you ok?
Send: for help, Dial 111. If someone is calling for you, ask how long away is the ambulance. Ask for someone to get a defibrillator.
Airway: Open the airway (head tilt, chin lift).
Breathing: Look, listen and feel for breathing. Listen for the sound of breathing, feel for exhaled breath on your cheek. Look for the chest to rise.
CPR: If the person is not breathing normally then start CPR 30 compressions to 2 breaths. If the person is breathing normally then check for any life-threatening bleeding and treat by applying direct pressure. Please note, due to our current COVID-19 situation, temporary guidelines have been published. Click on the link for current guidance.
Defibrillation: When the defib arrives, turn it on, place the pads on the person’s chest as shown on the pads and follow the prompts. It will tell you what to do.
Remember, if the person is conscious then treat them for shock, keep them warm, stay with them and reassure them until help arrives. If someone is unconscious but they ARE breathing then we put them on their side (recovery position), stay with them and monitor for changes in their condition until help arrives.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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