First aid update concept

Did you know you’re required to update your first aid certificate every 3 years? And in many cases, you need to update your CPR certification every 12 months?

This is because first aid best practices update regularly, so it’s important to stay up to date with new techniques and refresh your skills and knowledge to confirm your competence to provide first aid.

Discover what’s new in first aid with these updates and renew your Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) so you’re prepared to apply first aid when it’s needed most.

Industry requirements vary and you may need to update your first aid certificate at different or more frequent intervals depending on your role. Confirm specific requirements with your industry regulator.

How CPR has Changed over the Years

First-aid training giving CPR to dummy

Introduced in 1960, CPR followed the acronym ABC: airway, breathing, chest compressions.

This began with opening the airway, giving quick breaths through the mouth, then pressing on the chest. It was also recommended to place pressure on the patient’s windpipe to prevent air from entering the stomach.

The procedure for CPR changed entirely in 2010. It now follows the acronym CAB: chest compressions, airway, breathing.

One cycle of CPR includes 30 compressions on the lower half of the sternum using both hands with fingers interlocked, pushing down 1/3 of the depth of the chest. This is followed by two rescue breaths lasting about one second. You should continue compressions and breaths in a ratio of 30:2 until medical assistance arrives.

Research has shown the chest compressions to be the most important part of CPR, hence the change in order.

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A first aid certificate is essential in many professions – and great for parents who want to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

Get in touch with the friendly team at MyPath Education to learn how you can enrol to complete this nationally recognised qualification.