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Control measure

Provide resuscitation treatment

Control measure knowledge

Resuscitation treatment for a suspected cardiac arrest can be provided by using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) if available. Before commencing resuscitation treatment, a risk assessment should be carried out to ensure it is safe for personnel to approach the casualty.

If resuscitation treatment is commenced, it should be continued until the casualty is handed over to a medical responder.

For adult basic life support and automated external defibrillation refer to the Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines: Adult basic life support and automated external defibrillation.

For paediatric basic life support refer to the Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines: Paediatric basic life support.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider making automated external defibrillators (AED) available to relevant personnel

  • Ensure relevant personnel are made aware of how to follow the latest Resuscitation Council UK guidelines for resuscitation

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Carry out a risk assessment to determine if it is safe to approach the casualty to provide resuscitation treatment

  • Extricate a casualty who is trapped and in cardiac arrest by the quickest means possible

  • Assess the casualty and if appropriate provide resuscitation treatment as soon as possible

  • Ensure that instructions for an automated external defibrillator are followed if the equipment is used

  • Continue with the resuscitation treatment until the casualty can be handed over to a medical responder