Category: CPR Blog

How many chest compressions should be performed each minute when giving CPR? 5

How many chest compressions should be performed each minute when giving CPR?

CPR (CardioPulmonary resuscitation) is a lifesaving skill used when a patient suffers a cardiac arrest. This means their heart has stopped beating and they are no longer breathing normally. CPR is comprised of chest compressions and rescue...

How does CPR work if you exhale Carbon Dioxide? 0

How does CPR work if you exhale Carbon Dioxide?

Have you ever wondered how rescue breaths in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) work? Surely, we breath out Carbon Dioxide so how does breathing into a patient help? Everyone learns at school that we breath in Oxygen...

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American Heart Association CPR exam practice

Revising for your American Heart Association (AHA) CPR exam can be daunting. The protocols and procedures can seem very complicated, especially if this is the first CPR exam you’ve had to take. Well, fear...

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Anatomy of the heart

The heart is a muscular, cone-shaped organ located behind the sternum and is approximately the same size as the patient’s closed fist. The heart walls are made up the three structures: the pericardium, myocardium...

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What is ventricular fibrillation (VF)?

Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is the most common cause of cardiac arrest. It is a rapid, chaotic, lethal rhythm of the heart. In this condition the heart is unable to contract and therefore unable to...

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Free online defibrillation course

Our friends over at firstaidforfree.com have just launched a free online Automated External Defibrillator (AED) course. This new course covers basic principles of defibrillation and its role in the management of sudden cardiac arrest....

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How to perform rescue breaths

In this CPR blog post we discuss how to perform rescue breathing / artificial ventilations on a casualty. On normal inspiration, a person breathes in approximately 21% oxygen. The body uses between 4 –...

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Free CPR revision notes

Here’s a set of notes written about Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Feel free to test your knowledge of CPR after reading these notes by using one of our free CPR practice tests. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)...

CPR exam practice questions (free) 0

CPR exam practice questions (free)

Studying for an upcoming CPR exam? Need some practice questions to test your knowledge? Here at CPR-test.org we’ve compiled a bank of free questions and answers to help you improve your knowledge of CPR....

Breaking ribs during CPR: should you be worried? 0

Breaking ribs during CPR: should you be worried?

Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) involves delivering chest compressions to a patient who is in cardiac arrest (their heart has stopped beating). Chest compressions work to keep the brain and body supplied with oxygen by squeezing the heart and forcing...