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First aiders: Here are two situations where you're required to perform CPR

by , 15 January 2014
If you're a first aider, you NEED TO KNOW that there are two situations where you have a legal duty to perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Read on to find out more about this...

CPR is an emergency procedure you have to perform to preserve intact brain function manually until further measures can be taken to restore blood circulation and breathing for a person that's in cardiac arrest.

But, do you know when you're legally required to perform this procedure?

You must perform CPR in these two situations if you're a first aider

If you're a first aider you can provide CPR in these two instances:

#1: You can provide CPR as part of your job, for example a lifeguard or first aid attendant. You have a duty to use reasonable skill and care based on your level of training. If you're a designated first aider at work, make sure your certification is always up-to date.

Currently, first aid certification is valid for a period of three years.

Remember, you're not allowed to perform first aid CPR if your certification has lapsed,

The Health & Safety Advisor says this is because you can't prove you're competent to perform first aid, and you can open yourself to civil liability if that person dies or is injured from your treatment.

If you can, get a higher level of training than the minimum required. You'll be a more confident and effective first aider.

#2: If you're passing by and see an emergency situation and want to help, you don't have a legal duty to help that person.

But, if you decide to help a person in need, you must follow the Good Samaritan Principles.

The principles protect you if you choose to assist a person in need.

Remember that once you give assistance as a Good Samaritan, you're obliged to use reasonable skill and care based on your level of training.

Now that you know when you're legally required to perform CPR, make sure you comply.

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