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The way we approach CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is changing alongside the advancements in medical and technological research. Although some aspects of CPR and first aid training will always remain the same, occupational health risks and a greater understanding of the human body has evolved the way we approach and perform CPR. So, do you know what the new steps are in CPR? If you’re not sure, that means you’re most likely due for a CPR refresher course.

CPR training and first aid courses are the ideal way to keep your CPR knowledge – and your CPR certification – up to date and effective. If a friend, family member or colleague was in need of urgent medical assistance, would you be confident to deliver the right CPR steps to help save their lives? It is an important (and possibly life saving) question.

When we speak of CPR Steps, we’re not just specifically referencing the process of CPR itself; we’re also including the crucial steps needed to be taken just before and after the process of CPR.


The CPR Steps can be broken down into the acronym DRSABCD. As this can be a little difficult to say out loud, we will briefly cover each step below:

D stands for Danger. Before you engage with the injured person, it’s best to assess the area for any dangers that may harm yourself, others or your patient.

R stands for Response. Check your patient to see if they’re conscious by asking their name or squeezing their shoulders. If there is no response…

S stands for Send for help. Call 000 for an ambulance.

A stands for Airway. Whilst waiting for help, open the mouth and check the airway of your patient. If there is an obstruction, place the patient in the recovery position and move the object with your fingers. When placing a patient in the recovery position, always tilt their head and raise their chin.

B stands for Breathing. Check for breathing by looking, listening and feeling. If the patient is breathing, place in the recovery position, monitor their breathing, manage their injuries and treat for shock. If the patient isn’t breathing, you will need to begin CPR.

C stands for CPR. Although we will move into more specific detail about the best method/s for compression in our CPR course (depending on injuries or patient type), 30 compressions followed by two breaths is the standard sequence recommended at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. Continue CPR until the arrival of emergency services.

D stands for Defibrillation. If available, engage defibrillator and follow the voice prompts.


All SLSWA CPR courses and CPR refresher courses are assessed through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Candidates will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a nationally recognised WorkCover approved HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation statement of attainment. This certification is valid for one year from the date of the course. It’s recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council that you update your CPR skills every 12 months.

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SLSWA CPR courses are industry leading, offering CPR courses in Perth for every workplace, industry and location. The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course delivers the essential principles, skills and knowledge to maintain or restore breathing and circulation in an adult, child or infant.

We understand the busy nature of the modern workplace, and the opportunity cost on time versus price, so our courses are designed to minimise disruption and maximise learning.

Regardless of the level of risk, every workplace should be first aid trained. Safer workplaces make for happier, more efficient places to work. Knowing that you’re being looked after goes a long way towards improved workplace wellbeing, and in turn, workplace productivity.

If you would like to enrol yourself or your office in a SLSWA CPR​ training course, would like further information on first aid training, or would like to find out more about CPR and CPR in Perth, please get in touch today – as every step counts.