Before starting CPR should you take time to remove casualty's upper clothing eg bra, shirt?

Answers:    Taking off someones clothes in an emergency situation is illegal. It is the role of the rescuer or first responder to protect, the unconscious person.

Also most importantly if the person NOT BREATHING then WHY waste time taking their clothes of?
Time is essential in CPR, taking time to remove someones clothes could mean that they person WILL DIE.

The only time a rescuer would expose the person, is if they have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), to place the AED pads on the chest. And then it is to OPEN the shirt/blouse or cut from the waist up, nothing more.

Go do a CPR course and you will be taught the correct procedures (as above) your to follow, when doing CPR.

Edit 2nd April
First responders or rescuers are covered by "The Good Samaritan Act or Legalisation", but this will only cover the rescuer who has followed the guidelines as set out in First Aid.


Removing their clothes is breaching their rights, leaves with little dignity. And the Good Samaritan Act will not cover you, if you expose someone with out just cause.

As I have previously said the only time you expose a victim is if your going to use an AED.

no. just do it through clothing.
No you don't have time, and why would you want to, If you have been trained then you know where your hands should be for chest compressions
only remove a bra if it has underwire as this may hurt the person during compressions loosen clothing around the chest area would b adequate enough
Did you take a CPR course? The answer is no!
No but undoing tight collars would help. Anymore than that and you would probably get done for indecent assault or something!
you only undo tight clothing around the neck area eg . top buttons in a shirt or blouse and for a man a tie , its to give the victim breathing space and for the other person to resussatate with out obstructions .
No. However much you would like too!
It's not important to think of modesty when a life is slipping away in-front of you. The most important thing is to get oxygen to the brain to maintain life.
No, don't remove anything. It's pointless and wastes time. And have you ever removed clothing from someone who is technically dead?
only if you are a sick pervert.
Nope...have someone call 911 or the emergency number...assure your set up.and use a mask or something to assure your protection..and then begin..quickly!
the paramedics carry 'trauma' shears, and they cut off clothing, bras, when they need to. You can't always tell where to put your hands if you can't see, you need to find the bottom of the sternum, and you can't always do that with clothes on. So, I say yeah, you DO take the clothes off if you can do it quickly, or cut them off, or lift them up!
I was going to suggest you have proper CPR lessons, but on second thoughts I think you're a pervert.
It is not necessary to do so. As all first aid manuals will tell you only tight clothing needs loosened, not removed. Undoing a top button is usually the most that is required!
are u mad! firstly ull get arrested for assult, sexual abuse etc secondly the paient will be dying whilst u fiddle with their buttons!
It is only necessary if you're going to electro-shock the patient.
Otherwise, what matters is that you start asap to massage.
you can usaually do it through clothing. but if the clothing needs to come off-so u cn shock the person-then u dont take time-or care-just get scissors and cut it off
Your obviously not CPR qualified, and you have to be a pervert, because any CPR qualified person will no its not necessary to remove a person clothes.

Everyone who said it not necessary to remove a person clothes have had their comment marked with a thumbs down. Yet they are the one who are correct.

If you can remove the clothing very fast, then do so. This makes finding the sternum much easier. However, don't bother about bras, because the sternum is below the bra, and it doesn't affect you.
The answer would be maybe. At many public locations, AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) are available. AEDs are becoming more and more common at convention centers, airports, sporting events, health clubs, even shopping malls. For some, not all, cardiac rhythms, electrical therapy is a far more effective treatment than CPR. If an AED is available, then you would have to get enough of the clothing out of the way to secure the pads.

Just for chest compressions with no AED, I probably would say no, there is no need to remove clothing, but there are always exceptions. As a paramedic, I would take the time to remove clothing and thoroughly assess the patient, but only after treating life threatening issues first.
I know most people are saying no but they are wrong, probally because they have never done cpr before. You don't have to remove them but i def helps to perform adiquite compressions. Every time i have done cpr the shirt came off, never a problem. time is at the essence but it takes all of a second to pull up a shirt.
If possible, remove heavy coats and other things that would reduce your compression's effectiveness. Otherwise it is a waste of time.

CPR is more effective on bare skin, but removing the clothing is too time-wasting to bother for the small improvement.

If an AED becomes available, however, you will need to quickly expose the pad locations in order to get good connections.
and into the fray I go...
If you find the clothing is in the way of applying the pads, then rip the clothing either up or open. Remember, you've already established unresponsiveness by asking, "Are you OK?" Shake, shake, "Are you OK?"

If you don't know what the (above noted) pads are, then back to the other answers.

If you mean to question the replacement cost of the upper clothing, there is no difference. Keep the bra on, as the EMT(s) might joke about that, but should not take it off. At the hospital, all clothing goes.

That was fun...thanks for asking.
yes you should
Of course not. If you don't know the answer to this question, then you're probably not best qualified to do CPR. If you 'have a go' you're not going to do it right and the casualty is going to stay dead anyway.

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