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March Webinar

CPR and basic life support for everyone

About the presenter

Elisha Deegan is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience who is finally embarking upon the journey to answer a question that she first asked in her undergraduate classes and has never received an answer to. How do you give CPR to someone if they are in a wheelchair?

About the presentation

Over the last three years Elisha has been scouring the international literature to find some evidence that she is not the only person who ponders the question of how to provide BLS and CPR to people with atypical body shapes or people in wheelchairs? This pervasive questioning and desire to answer the question has led to a research project to determine if the confidence levels of carers is changed by providing students with specific BLS and CPR training. This webinar will discuss who the study affects and who potential changes to current guidelines may impact, what is current available to guide clinicians and carers in providing BLS and CPR for people with atypical chest shapes or those in a wheelchair. Further listeners will hear for the first time about results from the first stages of the current research project. Lastly ideas for the future and practice changes will be discussed to empower and encourage us all to keep working and keep us thinking.

Learning objectives

1. Learn what currently exists for people living with an atypical chest shape or for wheelchair users who may require BLS or CPR;

2. Become informed about what is being done to improve current CPR guidelines; and

3. Gain an insight into what the future looks like for this emerging area of research.


PANDDA members will need their membership number for complimentary registration. If you do not know your member number please email: louise.hedges@pandda.net


These webinars will be produced between February and May, 2020. The Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability, Australia (PANDDA) Inc.’s webinars are produced for nurses who work with people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). The information is for suitably-experienced nurses and does not replace expert clinical judgement and sound decision making. All information presented is of a general nature and may or may not be relevant to a particular person with IDD or circumstances.  Nurses implementing any recommendations contained in the webinar must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Any information presented in the webinar recording was deemed relevant at the time of the live event and after this date has not been reviewed. No guarantee can be given that the information is free from error or omission.

PANDDA, the Executive Committee and any agents shall have no liability (including without limitation liability by reason of negligence) to any users of the information contained in any PANDDA webinar for any loss or damage (consequential or otherwise) cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information contained in PANDDA webinars and whether caused by reason of any error, negligent act, omission or misrepresentation of the information.

Webinar March 2020


Ms Elisha Deegan RN

Date and Time

Thursday 5 March 2020 at midday (AEDT)


PANDDA Members: Free

Non-members: $40.00

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More Information

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