Why Adult CPR must be performed on the floor

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Performing Adult CPR on the Floor

There are some aspects of our training which as a Registered Training Organsiation (RTO) we must follow which appear to contradict our commitment to our customers to provide a full range of training delivery assessment.

Nationally Recognised Training is a formal process to ensure training meets the standard required by industry.  It is training based on National Training Packages or courses/programs that have been formally accredited through state or territory accreditation bodies.

As an RTO we follow clear direction of the makeup of the Health Training Package first aid units, and these directions are very clear on how assessment is performed.  To demonstrate the requirements, we must follow, below is a common question asked by candidates.

Can CPR for adults be undertaken on a raised surface such as a table?

CPR is contained in the units HLTAID009, which is duplicated in HLTAID010, HLTAID011, HLTAID012, HLTAID013, HLTAID014, HLTAID015.

In the performance evidence, found on https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/HLTAID009 it is stated: “the candidate must provide, evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the workplace or community setting.”

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies and workplace or site procedures:

  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, breathing casualty including appropriate positioning to reduce the risk of airway compromise
  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing adult, including:
    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
    • following the prompts of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver at least one shock
    • demonstrating a rotation of single rescuer operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
    • responding appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
    • handing over to emergency services
    • providing an accurate verbal report of the incident
    • reviewing the incident
  • managed, in line with ARC guidelines, the unconscious, non-breathing infant, including:
    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface”

As such we are provided with clear direction the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia on how assessment for CPR must be conducted on the floor.

Due to this specific requirement, candidates cannot conduct the assessment on a table or any other raised surface.


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