When someone has a cardiac arrest, their heart stops completely. They collapse, lose consciousness and stop breathing. It’s really important to act fast. This is what you should do.
HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WHO IS UNCONSCIOUS AND NOT BREATHING
- Check breathing by tilting their head backwards and looking and feeling for breaths.
- Call 999 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it.
- Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release.
- Push at a regular rate until help arrives.
Giving chest compressions can keep casualties alive for those precious few minutes before help arrives. You’re pumping a small amount of blood around the body to keep the organs – most importantly the brain – alive. More