May 112011

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Once you’ve got your unconscious casualty out of that confined space it is necessary to provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) immediately there is simply no time to waste, says the US Coastguard in a new safety alert. Every second which passes affects the patient’s chance of survival.

Regardless of other CPR training requirements, such as basic safety training required by STCW-95 for certain mariners, the Coast Guard strongly recommends that all vessel owners and operators ensure each crew member is properly trained in CPR. Important changes to CPR procedures have taken place in late 2010. Continue reading »