While many resuscitations take place at bed height the majority of resuscitations in the community occur on the floor, it is common practice to demonstrate and teach resuscitation on the floor.

Some individuals who would in all probability get down on the floor in an emergency are reluctant to do so in practice, often because of difficulty getting up and joint pains.

The ARC notes that assessment requirements for the health training package currently recommends that CPR must be demonstrated on the floor in order to deem a student competent but takes the view that this specific location is not necessary in order to demonstrate competence in the skill of CPR.

The ARC specifies that learners must be able to physically demonstrate CPR skills and knowledge on a manikin. It does not specify that CPR must be demonstrated on the floor.

November 2016

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