Whilst the updates to resuscitation were minimal, there are three subtle changes that will impact on how first aid is taught in the future:
- ‘Shouting for help’ is no longer a step to be taught on its own. The guidelines now state that the first aider should ‘ask someone to call 999’ after checking for normal breathing.
- Increased emphasis on seizure as a possible presentation of cardiac arrest.
- Teach first aiders to activate the speaker function on their phone when calling 999 to help communication.