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Adult resuscitation - resources and lesson plans

If somebody is unresponsive and not breathing, they will need cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Help should be requested quickly, and a defibrillator sought.

CPR involves a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths, to keep the casualty's heart and circulation going.

Lesson overview – resuscitation (adult)

This teaching module shows students how to identify a life-threatening situation where someone has stopped breathing and needs to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The lesson plan will help students learn how and when to perform CPR.

This lesson is aimed at students who are already familiar with the primary survey.

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More information

Get more information on CPR and resuscitation and watch the videos in the first aid section of our website.

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