A cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical problem in the heart.
This electrical problem causes the heart to stop pumping blood around the body and to the brain.
It causes the person to fall unconscious and stop breathing. Without CPR the person will die within minutes.
CPR should only be used if someone is:
- unconscious and not breathing- unconscious and not breathing normally.
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
It’s a life saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
It helps to pump blood around the person’s body when their heart can’t.
So don’t forget. Check them over. Call 999. Push hard and fast to Stayin’ Alive.
It works.Hands-only CPR. It’s not as hard as it looks.
Always call 999 before starting CPR. Then keep doing CPR until professional help arrives and takes over, or the person starts to show signs of regaining consciousness. If you become exhausted, take turns with other people nearby.
Signs of regaining consciousness include:
- coughing- opening their eyes- speaking or moving purposefully- starting to breathe normally
Stop CPR if the person regains consciousness.
If the person starts to breathe normally but still unconscious, put them into the recovery position and pay attention to their breathing until help arrives.