Sports First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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Hands only CPR Breakdown

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Continuous Chest Compressions in CPR

Introduction to Continuous Chest Compressions

Learn about the technique of continuous chest compressions in CPR, which eliminates the need for rescue breaths.

When to Choose Continuous Compressions

Considerations: There are situations where performing mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths may not be suitable, such as when the patient has facial injuries, blood, vomit, or for personal comfort reasons.

Executing Continuous Chest Compressions

Proper Hand Placement: Ensure correct hand placement by interlocking your fingers.

Compression Technique: Press down firmly on the chest, targeting the centre of the chest with your hands.

Compression Depth: Maintain a depth of five to six centimetres (approximately two to two and a half inches).

Compression Rate: Maintain a consistent rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute (around two compressions per second).

Continuous Compressions Process

Uninterrupted Compressions: Continuously apply chest compressions without the need for counting out loud.

Effective Circulation: By compressing the chest, you facilitate the expulsion of blood from the heart and the intake of oxygen-rich blood, improving circulation.

Air Exchange: While compressing the chest, a limited amount of air exchange occurs as you force air out of the lungs during compressions, and air re-enters between compressions.

Continuous chest compressions provide an efficient and effective method for delivering CPR, especially in situations where rescue breaths are not feasible.