The 4 Steps 4 Survival
Step 1: When you see a person suddenly collapse, check for a response – call their name/shake them gently on the shoulder.
Step 2: If there is no response call 999 or 112 immediately to get help on the way.
Step 3: If they are still not responding and are not breathing normally (gasping or not breathing at all), then make sure that the person is lying flat on their back on the ground. Kneel closely beside them and place two hands on the centre of their chest, one on top of the other while keeping your arms straight.
Step 4: Start compressions hard and fast, pushing down at least 2 inches (5cm) on the centre of the chest and push at a rate of 100 beats per minute. Push in time to the tune of the Bee Gees song ‘Staying Alive’ and keep going until the emergency services arrive.
If you’ve learned CPR in the past or are willing to give breaths, give 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths, continuing this sequence until help arrives.
Handy Tip #1 Learn how to put your mobile phone on loud speaker so you can immediately start providing Hands-Only CPR while you’re calling for help and talking to the dispatcher.
Handy Tip #2 Knowing your Eircode number and giving it to the dispatcher when you call will also assist the ambulance in finding you quickly.
Courtesy of The Irish Heart Foundation