Welcome to FirstAid4Free

Welcome to my first aid site. I'm a first aid trainer and assessor. I've been teaching first aid for about 10 years now. Everyone should have some first aid knowledge for in the home and work place. Not everyone has the chance to attend a full first aid course so I'll provide some key first aid points every week.

Important Notice

The information on this site is for guidance only. The first aid procedures are those in the current edition of the First Aid Manual at the time of inclusion on the site. Attendance on a first aid course to practice these procedures is always recommended.

Chest Compressions

Chest Compressions:
If you find that the casualty has no signs of life (breathing sounds, motion etc) you will need to give them chest compressions.

Chest compressions are given as follows:
  • Kneel beside the casualty and place your hand in the centre of their chest. Your hand should be about 5 cm (2 inches) up from where the lowest right and left ribs fuse.
  • Place the heel of you other hand on top of the first hand and interlock your fingers.
  • Lean well over the casualty, with your arms locked striaght and depress the chest 4-5 cm (1.5-2 inches). Release the pressure without removing your hands from the casualty's chest. Allow the chest to come fully up before giving the next compression. Keep a steady rythm and don't 'bounce' with your compressions.
  • 30 chest compressions should be given at a rate of 100 per minute.
  • After giving 30 chest compressions give 2 rescue breaths (see Rescue Breathing lesson).