How to Know if CPR is effective

first aiders performing CPR

To determine if the CPR you are performing is effective, there are several signs to look for:

  • Have someone else feel for a carotid pulse during compressions and watch to see the patients chest rise during ventilations.
  • Listen for exhalation of air, either naturally or during compressions, as additional verification that air has entered the lungs.

In addition, any of the following indications of effective CPR may be noticed:

  • Pupils constrict
  • Skin colour improves
  • Heartbeat returns spontaneously
  • Spontaneous, gasping respirations are made
  • Arms and legs move
  • Swallowing is attempted
  • Consciousness returns

For this and additional life saving information you can have your staff attend one of our CPR or First Aid + CPR Courses. Alternately, you can contact us on 1300 990 336 or email us at [email protected]

If you would like to know more or would like our assistance in the areas mentioned check us out at Alternately, call us on 1300 990 336 or email us at [email protected]

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Brendan Day Chief Executive Officer
Brendan Day, based in Sydney, is a WHS and Emergency Management expert with a rich background in emergency services, including significant experience as a military firefighter, emergency responder, and emergency response manager. His career spans across both public and private sector roles, where he has developed and implemented comprehensive WHS management and Emergency Management systems. As the CEO and Principle Trainer at Intrinsic Safety, Brendan combines his military discipline with modern safety practices, offering advanced training in workplace health, fire safety, confined spaces, height safety and first aid. His qualifications, including a Diploma of Work Health and Safety, reflect his commitment to safety excellence and continuous improvement in emergency response management and safety practices.
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