When the heart stops pumping, it is known as a cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of techniques, including chest compressions, designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating and deliver oxygen to the brain until definitive treatment can stimulate the heart to start pumping again. CPR can be life-saving first aid and will increase an individual’s chance of survival.
Survival rates differ between urban and rural cardiac arrest patients. This is largely due to a difference in ambulance response time and for this reason it is important that everyone on the farm is trained on how to perform CPR.
To find out more information about CPR visit Better Health Channel
References used for this topic page
St John Ambulance Australia
DRSABCD Action Plan [PDF Poster]
Last updated: 6th February, 2018