Scene is Safe

How to assess the emergency and get help when you encounter an ill or injured adult.

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This is a quick guide. It is highly recommended, you to attend one of the American Heart Association CPR/First Aid class.

  • Make sure the Scene is SAFE!
  • Tap and shout, check for responsiveness.
    • If the person is responsive, ask him if he needs help.
    • If the person is unresponsive, shout for Help!
  • Shout for Help!
  • Phone 911 and get an AED
    • Phone or send someone to phone 911 and get an AED.
    • If you’re alone and have a cell phone or a nearby phone, put it on speaker mode and phone 911.
  • Check for Breathing
    • If the person is breathing normally, stay with the person until advanced help arrives
    • If the person is not breathing normally or only gasping, begin CPR and use AED

Performing High Quality CPR. Learning how to perform high-quality CPR is important. The better CPR skills are performed, the better the changes of survival.

CPR has 2 main skills:

  1. Providing compressions
  2. Giving breaths

Provide Compressions. A compression is the act of pushing hard and fast on the chest. When you push on the chest, you pump blood to the brain and heart.

Give Breaths. The second skill of CPR is giving breaths. After each set of 30 compressions, you will need to give 2 breaths. Breaths may be given with or without a barrier device, such as pocket mask or face shield.

When you give breaths, the breaths need to make the chest rise visibly. When you can see the chest rise, you know you have delivered an effective breath.

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Source: American Heart Association – First Aid Saver book page 84-87.

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