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Administering CPR and Shocks on a Defibrillator


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Why do CPR?

A cardiac arrest is a serious emergency. It happens when there’s an electrical problem in the heart and it suddenly stops pumping blood around your body. When your heart stops pumping blood, your brain gets no oxygen. It causes the person to fall unconscious and stop breathing. Without CPR the person will die within minutes.

CPR should only be done if someone is:

  • unconscious and not breathing

  • unconscious and not breathing properly.

If someone is unconscious but they're breathing normally call 999 and put them in the recovery position. 

How to do CPR in 5 steps

A Cardiac Arrest..

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A defibrillator should be used when a person is in cardiac arrest. CPR should be done until you can get a defibrillator.

If you see someone having a cardiac arrest, call 999, start CPR and get someone to find a defibrillator. The emergency operator can advise you if you can't find one. Once you get the defibrillator, turn it on and continue CPR until the device tells you to stop. 

How to use a Defibrillator

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