DRSABCD

Help us save lives - learn CPR

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

If you witness a cardiac arrest, follow DRSABCD:

DRSABCD Steps Instructions
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.