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

More information:
Better Health Channel

First aid basics and DRSABCD 

St John Ambulance Australia

DRSABCD Action Plan [PDF Poster]

Infant CPR

Clinical care:
Australian Resuscitation Council
Research & reviews:

Fast facts:


  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) CPR can be life saving first aid if a person’s heart has stopped
  • Always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. You will be given advice if you are unsure what to do while you wait for paramedics.
  • Learn CPR from an accredited trainer, it’s a skill that everyone on a farm should learn.


Last updated: 6th February, 2018