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Restart A Heart Day - Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Learn to restart a heart, have a go and save a life.

This Restart a Heart Day we’re going to teach Tasmanians how to restart a heart if it suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (a cardiac arrest).

A bystander’s response in those first few minutes is crucial! Intervention within 3-4 minutes may increase the chance of survival by up to 50 per cent.

Download and print these easy-to-follow CPR steps and keep them handy.

If you witness a cardiac arrest, follow DRSABCD:

DRSABCD StepsInstructions
Danger Ensure the area is safe for yourself, others and the patient.
Response Check for a response by asking for a name and squeezing shoulders.
Send for help Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. They will stay on the line and talk you through what to do.
Airway Open mouth and if foreign material is present, place in recovery position and clear airway with fingers.
Breathing Check for breathing. Look, listen and feel for breath.

IF THE PATIENT IS UNRESPONSIVE and NOT BREATHING, begin CPR.
CPR Start CPR
  1. Place both hands in the centre of the chest.
  2. Compress the chest – push down hard, don’t be scared.
    • You should give approximately 100-120 compressions per minute (almost 2 compressions per second).
    • Compress to about 1/3 the depth of the chest – this equates to more than 5 cm depth in adults, 5 cm in children, and 4 cm in infants.
  3. Perform chest compressions continuously. If you feel comfortable, provide two rescue breaths between every 30 compressions, otherwise compress the chest continuously.

Remember – Don’t be scared - it is better to have a go - you may just save their life

Defibrillation If there is someone else present, ask them to locate an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Do not leave the casualty to look for an AED if you are alone – continue with CPR.


An AED is a lifesaving device that can give your heart an electric shock when it has stopped. An AED will guide you through the defibrillation process and audibly take you through each step. Don’t worry, the AED will not deliver a shock unless it detects a shockable rhythm, eg the heart is not beating properly.

Remember to download the AED Tasmania App to your phone and locate your nearest AED now.


Anyone can learn CPR and it could save someone’s life.


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Learning to perform CPR and use an AED could save the life of someone you love.  To find out more about CPR courses available in Tasmania please visit

Supported by St John, Australian Resuscitation Council, Heart Foundation, Paramedics Australasia, University of Tasmania, Australian Red Cross, Ambulance Tasmania