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I’m not trained in first aid, can I still provide CPR?

Any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt. When you call 000, you’ll be provided with clear instructions on how to perform CPR.

Do I have to provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?

Provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation If you are willing and able. If you do not provide rescue breaths, you can still provide chest compressions. Chest compressions should be delivered at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute, or to the beat of Stayin’ Alive.

I don’t know how to use an AED?

AEDs are made for untrained bystanders, all you have to do is turn them on and follow the audio and graphic prompts.

What if I hurt them using an AED?

An AED is safe to use by an untrained responder if the audio and visual prompts are followed. The device will only deliver a shock to those patients that have a particular heart rhythm that requires a shock from the AED.

Will I be sued for providing CPR?

Australia has the Good Samaritan Act. Nearly all Australian states and territories have in place good Samaritan legislation to ensure that people who step forward to provide emergency medical assistance are not held legally liable for their actions provided they act in good faith.

Shouldn’t I wait for the professionals?

No – if the person is unresponsive and there is absence of normal breathing -  make sure you have called 000, start CPR & get the nearest AED. Every 1 minute of delay further reduces the potential to save a life.

How do you know if someone needs CPR?

If the patient is unresponsive & there is absence of normal breathing you should start CPR, we should not be concerned about the potential harm to a patient - the potential benefits far out way the potential injury or harm considering death is the alternative. Checking for a pulse can be unreliable.