If somebody is unconscious, not breathing and they won’t respond to your voice or touch. You first need to confirm they’re not breathing by carrying out a primary survey – Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing (DRAB).
- First, check to make sure they’re not in danger – make the area safe if you can.
- Then, check for a response. You should gently shake their shoulders whilst shouting a command at them, such as ‘Can you hear me?’ If they respond, you can treat them as conscious but not breathing.
- Opening the casualty’s airway is vital to help them to breathe. Place one hand on their forehead and lift their chin using two fingers. Check their breathing by placing your cheek close to their mouth as you listen for breathing, look to see if their chest is rising and falling and feel their breath against your cheek. If they are unconscious and not breathing, you’ll need to commence CPR and call for an ambulance.
Place the heel of your hand in the centre of the casualty’s chest, with the other hand on top and fingers interlocked. Keep your arms straight and your fingers away from the chest, then press down and release the pressure. Repeat this 30 times and then give two rescue breaths. Pinching the nose firmly closed, ensure the airway is open and take a deep breath, sealing your lips around their mouth. Blow into their mouth until you see the chest rise. Removing your mouth, let the chest fall. Carry on with CPR giving 30 compressions to two rescue breaths. You should carry on until help arrives unless the casualty opens their eyes or starts breathing normally.
Injured in an accident
If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may require CPR. There should always be a trained first-aider on hand to assist you, but if there is nobody available, or the person providing CPR is not properly trained, you may be left injured as a result. If this has happened to you, you might be able to claim compensation, if it can be proven that negligence occurred. Contact a personal injury lawyer for advice and to see if you could claim.
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Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown