15th March 2019 Friday Resus Ready First Aid Trivia

Do you stop CPR to put on defib pads?

This was a somthing that was raised after my defibrillation trivia a few weeks ago so I thought it would make a good trivia question for this week…

The question is this:

Do you temporarily stop CPR to put on defibrillation pads?

Option 1: Yes, to ensure that they are stuck on correctly

Option 2: No, compressions must continue



Results from the facebook poll are:

  • Option 1 – Yes 52% 52%
  • Option 2 – No 48% 48%

What a close poll!  I don’t think there has ever been a poll so evenly split before!  Before I give the answer, I have to admit that I didn’t include one key piece of information… how may people were assisting in the scenario. 

In some ways both answers are correct for different situations. If you were assuming that it was just yourself at the scene then Option 1 – Yes would be correct, you would temporarily stop compressions to place the defibrillation pads on.  BUT if there is more than one person at the scene then Option 2 – No would be correct, compressions must continue.

Confusing? Maybe, let me explain..


If there you are the only person around to provide CPR and happened to bring the defibrillator with you before you assessed your casualty then the answer would be Option 1 – Yes because you are the only person around, you are the only person that could put on the pads so it makes sense that you have to temporarily stop CPR to place the pads on.


However, in most real life incidents, you are not going to be on your own and you may not have the foresight to bring a defibrillator with you or have one readily available.  In most situations where CPR is required, someone has already started compressions while another person has gone to retrieve the defibrillator from its stored location so by the time the defibrillator arrives at the casualty there is more than one person around.

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) recommends minimal interruptions to CPR. Placing the defibrillator pads on the casualty is very important, however, it is also equally important to keep the blood circulating around the body. Keep compressions and breaths going for as long as possible.


If you haven’t used a defibrillator before it can be a little fiddly to place the pads in the right position and listen to the prompts, especially with the adrenaline pumping around your body.  Placing pads can take time, especially if the casualty is hairy and requires shaving or is wet and requires drying off and so it is recommended that CPR continues while pads are being placed on the casualties chest.

An important fact to note is that when you are placing the pads on the casualties chest they cannot accidentally zap you.  The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will only charge when it has assessed a rhythm that it sees as fixable by shocking.

The defibrillator will announce when to stop compressions so it can analyze the casualties heart rhythm to determine if a shock is required.  This is the point where we stop compressions, hands off casualty and listen to the prompts of the defibrillator then restart compressions when the machine tells us to.


When you train with Resus Ready you learn to place pads on a manikins chest while CPR is continuing, it is tricker than you think because you have to work on a moving surface and manouver your hands around another person.  Practicing this is very important so you know what to do if you were ever in this situation. The ARC recommends renewing your skills every year.  If it has been longer than a year since your last CPR course I highly recommend contacting me to refresh your training.

I am also conducting a public CPR course next Sunday 31st March  9.30am  at Hawthorn Library, go to www.resusready.com.au/booking and use the promocode: TRIVIA to attend for the discount rate of $50.  This is the last CPR public course with the discount rate so book in today to secure your seat. The skills you will learn are invaluable and can save a life. See below for more details.



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