First Aid

DRSABCD Action Plan

Danger

Always check the danger to you, any bystanders and then the injured or ill person. Make sure you do not put yourself in danger when going to the assistance of another person.

Response

Is the person conscious? Do they respond when you talk to them, touch their hands or squeeze their shoulder?

Send for help

Call triple zero (000).

Airway

Is the person’s airway clear? Is the person breathing?

Breathing

Check for breathing by looking for chest movements (up and down). Listen by putting your ear near to their mouth and nose. Feel for breathing by putting your hand on the lower part of their chest. If the person is unconscious but breathing, turn them onto their side, carefully ensuring that you keep their head, neck and spine in alignment. Monitor their breathing until you hand over to the ambulance officers.

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)

Perform CPR.

Defibrillator

For unconscious adults who are not breathing, apply an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is available.