Due to new standards in the CPR course, it is now mandatory for all CPR participants to demonstrate CPR on the floor. Previously we have permitted participants to demonstrate CPR on a table or bench if they are suffering an injury, (such as knee, hip or back pain). Please note that this concession can no longer be made.
This change in guideline will affect those suffering short or long term injuries, who have in the past been permitted to demonstrate CPR on an elevated surface so as not to aggravate an existing injury. The main purpose of the guideline is to ensure accredited first aiders are capable of providing CPR whenever and wherever if may be required, which is usually on the floor.
Any participant who is unable to demonstrate CPR effectively on the floor cannot be assessed as competent in the unit. They will receive a non accredited Statement of Attendance if they choose to participate in the training. Participants with an injury should check with their employer prior to booking into the course, to see if a Statement of Attendance would be accepted.