What is included in a 3 hours CPR Certificate Course?

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 3,50,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital, and approximately 4,75,000 people have lost their lives from a cardiac arrest. 

When the cases occur outside of the hospital, and immediate help is needed, a person with CPR training can save lives. People in different professions like police officers, firefighters, swimming coaches, and trainers take CPR and first aid training courses. Many people voluntarily take these classes to understand what happens during a cardiac arrest and how they can help in the time of a medical emergency. 

What can you expect in a CPR class? 

A CPR training course can sound intimidating at first. People may wonder how much expertise does it require? How much time does training take? What are the things that they will learn? But it is not that complex. The training course for CPR mostly lasts for just 3 hours! 

Not everyone who signs up for a CPR training session receives the same training. The intensity of lessons depends on the individual’s requirements. Based on professionalism, these courses can be divided into three levels which are 

Adult CPR classes

These are the courses taught to get one ready for a critical situation at workplaces, homes, and other educational institutions. The skills taught here are of the very basic level and take about one to one and half hours to complete a course. Adults, teens, and adolescents are the people who opt for this. 

Pediatric CPR classes

As the name states, these classes are for people who work closely with or provide care to children under 8. Along with the CPR skills and techniques, much other necessary information about childcare is taught to people who teach or volunteer at schools, playgrounds, and daycare. 

Basic life support for healthcare providers 

These are the most professional training classes of the three required for professional rescuers. People who sign up for these classes learn to use AED, ventilation devices, two-person CPR methods, and rescue breathing techniques and their barriers. 

Not only this, but you can also choose from the online or offline mode of classes, whichever suits you, depending on the time and convenience. 

What happens in a CPR class?

Since the classes are mostly 3 hours long, it takes only a day or, in some cases, two days to complete the training course. 


The classes begin with lectures that talk about the basics of first aid training, which include treating injuries, assessing and handling the patient’s mental state, addressing environmental factors, and taking care of respiratory and cardiac emergencies. 

Besides first aid training,cardiopulmonary resuscitation training is given to the volunteers, including heart conditions. Some of the basic lessons are identifying the signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, and stroke. 

Hands-on training

Once the theory part is completed, the coach moves on to hands-on training, which covers learning and applying techniques on dummies and role-playing. The practical aspects include:

Cleaning and dressing wounds

Using CPR and AED devices

Hands-only CPR

Performing abdominal thrusts

These activities are performed in both ways, individually and as a team. 


When the course is completed, the trainees get a certificate for the first aid training course but not before appearing for a test that includes written and practical assessments. If you fail in any of your lessons, the instructor asks you to review the same and give the test again, after which you’ll get a certificate. 

CPR training does not take much time and equips you with everything you need to save someone’s life. But before you decide to sign up for a course, think about your objectives, how much time you can give, where you can use the learned skills, and then decide on a course that suits you best. 

How to Perform CPR on a Drowning Victim

With all these instructions, we hope you’re now ready to provide CPR with HLTAID009 or HLTAID001. You should practice it as much as possible to be ready if the need arises. 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a very effective technique that can save lives in an emergency. Although CPR is fairly easy, knowing the proper way to perform it will help you control panic. Understand and follow these simple steps inperforming CPReffectively and make any water body a safe place for everyone. 

Performing CPR serves two purposes: The compressions keep the brain cells from dying and help the heart send the oxygenated blood throughout the body. By performing CPR, you’re essentially doing the heart’s work of regulating a normal blood flow.

It takes time for it to be effective, and hence you should not stop even for a second while performing CPR

The first thing you need to do is to ask for additional help- ask the people around you for help, call an ambulance or make someone call the hospital if necessary. Keep someone with you for any additional help. In such critical conditions you should not hesitate to reach out to others. After all, it is a matter of life and death.

After rescuing them from drowning, the first thing you should do is to carefully lay them on a plane surface to ensure no additional injury to them while you provide CPR. Assess the situation and call or make someone call for help. 

Before giving CPR, tap on their shoulder a few times and ask them, “Are you ok?”. Shake them well and see if they’re conscious. It may save some time in case the condition is not severe. 

Check the victim’s breathing with their pulse to detect any blockage in the airway with the circulation.

Ease their airway by pressing the head area down and raising the chin up. It will help ensure a steady and continuous airflow.

You should administer the rescue breaths and start chest compressions rhythmically. Thirty chest compressions after two rescue breaths are considered as a standard. To administer the breaths, start with tilting their head towards the back, raising the chin and pinching the nose so that the air doesn’t escape through it. Administer two breaths via the mouth, place your mouth over the victim’s to make a seal and start blowing air in a way that elevates their chest up.

After finishing the breath transfer, quickly start chest compressions. It would be best to do chest compressions in sets of 30 at a time and at a rate of 100-120 per minute. Push 5-6 centimetres or 1-2 inches at a time. Pushing down at least an inch allows the heart to squeeze and pump the blood in and out. Pushing deep will ensure blood flow throughout the body and brain. Also, let the chest completely rise between the subsequent pushes. Keep a two breath administration difference between two sets. Ideally, you should keep a 10-second difference between chest compressions and breath transfer.

To perform chest compressions, place your one hand flat in the middle part of the victim’s chest and put your second hand on top of that. And start pressing at a speed at which the difference between two consecutive compressions is less than one second. Check-in between to see if they started to breathe. 

You may see some vomit coming from the victim’s mouth after some time. It is completely normal, and you should tilt their head sideways to ease out these food particles. And in case you feel something is stuck in their mouth, you should remove that from their mouth with your fingers and start the process over again. Continue the cycle unless the person starts breathing or until the arrival of emergency help.

If you have any spare clothing, cover them with it, and if they show signs of consciousness and start breathing, talk to them and ensure that medical help is on its way. 

With all these instructions, we hope you’re now ready to provide CPR with HLTAID009 or HLTAID001. You should practice it as much as possible to be ready if the need arises. 

ResQCPR System

What is the ResQCPR System?

The ResQCPR® System is a CPR adjunct that consists of two synergistic devices—the ResQPOD® ITD 16 (impedance threshold device) and the ResQPUMP® ACD-CPR device. Together, they increase the likelihood of survival. A major clinical study of more than 1600 patients showed a 49% increase in one-year survival from cardiac arrest.

The ResQPOD ITD 16 returns more blood to the heart (preload) and lowers intracranial pressure by regulating airflow during CPR to increase the vacuum in a patient’s chest during chest wall recoil.1,2

The ResQPUMP ACD-CPR device further increases blood return by re-expanding the chest with a lift force of up to 10 kg. It is the only approved system for delivering true active compression-decompression CPR.

*ResQCPR System Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data submitted to FDA.
1Metzger, A, et al. Crit Care Med. 2012; 40(6):1851-1856.
2Voelckel W, et al. Pediatr Res. 2002;51:523-527.

Want to know more about these life saving devices?
You should if you want to give your next CPR every chance of being successful. Attend one of our classes listed below to learn and get your hands on these brilliant little units!

HLTAID003/011 Provide First Aid


The ResQPOD® impedance threshold device (ITD) is a simple, non-invasive device that delivers intrathoracic pressure regulation (IPR) therapy during basic or advanced life support CPR to improve perfusion

Zoll Medical's ResQPOD ITD
Zoll Medical ResQPOD ITU

The ResQPOD® impedance threshold device (ITD) is a simple, non-invasive device that delivers intrathoracic pressure regulation (IPR) therapy during basic or advanced life support CPR to improve perfusion. The ResQPOD ITD lowers intrathoracic pressure during the recoil phase of CPR by selectively restricting unnecessary airflow into the chest. This vacuum increases preload, lowers intracranial pressure (ICP), and improves blood flow to the brain and vital organs.

Improved Outcomes

Studies have shown that when combined with high-quality CPR, the ResQPOD ITD:

•Doubles blood flow to the heart1
•Increases blood flow to the brain by 50%2
•Increases survival from cardiac arrest by 25% or more3 • •

1Langhelle A, et al. Resuscitation. 2002;52:39-48.
2Lurie KG, et al. Chest. 1998;113(4):1084-1090.
3Yannopoulos D, et al. Resuscitation. 2015;94:106-113.

Want to know more about these life saving devices?
You should if you want to give your next CPR every chance of being successful. Attend one of our classes listed below to learn and get your hands on these brilliant little units!

HLTAID003/011 Provide First Aid

First Aid Training is still operating.

West Coast First Aid Training have continued to provide training and re-qualification services throughout this uncertain period and we continue to do so.

We have had to make some changes to the way we deliver our face to face first aid training to accommodate the required public health guidelines on social distancing.
The changes we have made include, but are not limited to:

(1) We have reduced, as much as possible, the time spent in the classroom.

(2) Were possible we conduct training outside.

(3) All the required theory assessments are included in our online training, to be completed prior to attending your practical face to face assessment.

(4) We screen all students prior to attending class with non contact infrared digital thermometers. Should a student return a forehead temperature of 37.5 deg C or higher, or, should your response be yes to any of the below questions, you will not be admitted to the class and will need to reschedule your training.

The trainer will ask you the following questions on the day of training:

* Are you unwell with cold/flu-like symptoms or a high temperature? * Have you returned from any overseas travel?
* Have you had contact with a proven COVID-19 case? This includes contact with a person undergoing COVID-19 testing
All resources used during your training will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected before, during and after each session in line with manufacturer and clinical guidelines.

Each student with be issued with their own resources and PPE necessary to complete all assessments.
The number of students per class has been reduced inline with available space to ensure that all participants have a minimum of four square meters to maintain physical distancing requirements.

If you have qualifications that need updating or staff that need to be trained just Click here or call 0418909935

Do Not Resuscitate tattoos – What would you do?

November 9, 2019 Uncategorized

Image: New England Journal of Medicine

I get this question a bit during my training courses and kept thinking while I would continue to resuscitate the patient, I really must look into this. No need to do that now after the great article below arrived in my inbox from the guru’s at Royal Lifesaving WA. So here is the answer to this often asked question.

What would you do if you came across an unconscious person needing CPR, but they had a tattoo that said, ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’? Would you ignore the tattoo and continue treatment of the casualty? Would there be any legal ramifications of ignoring the tattoo? How would you know if the tattoo genuinely represents the person’s wishes, or if it’s just a joke?

These were questions faced by a team of doctors in the US when a patient was brought into a hospital emergency department. They discovered the words ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ clearly tattooed across his chest, with the ‘Not’ underlined and what they presumed was his signature tattooed underneath the statement.

Faced with the dilemma of not knowing whether the tattoo was sincere, the doctors initially decided to administer some treatment while consulting with their hospital ethics team. The ethics team reviewed the case and advised the doctors to honour the tattoo, because it was reasonable to infer that it expressed the man’s wishes.

The man later died without being resuscitated, and it was discovered that he had, in fact, completed a form expressing his wishes which were consistent with the tattoo. The case sparked international discussion around the validity of these tattoos and whether they are legally binding. 

So what would happen in Australia?

Hospitals in Australia typically don’t have an ethics team on call to review individual cases. Advance care planning does exist here; however, the laws differ between states and territories. Generally, treating doctors must be satisfied that the person was competent when they made the directive, that they understood the risks of refusing care and that it applies to the current situation – all virtually impossible for a first responder to determine when coming across an unconscious person in need of CPR.

While a Do Not Resuscitate tattoo could in fact represent a person’s wishes, without sighting documentation to verify this we cannot know for sure. Perhaps it was their wish at the time of getting the tattoo, but they have since changed their mind. Perhaps the tattoo was done in jest, or while under the influence. Additionally, the shorter version that simply states the initials ‘DNR’ presents even more ambiguity – it could stand for something else entirely. 

First responders in Australia are trained that consent is implied if a casualty is unconscious. We cannot assume to know what the person would want at the time of needing care. It is important to always follow your training and provide CPR if it is required.