Could you help save a life during a medical emergency?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a simple concept, but the knowledge of its procedure has saved countless lives in a crisis. Adult CPR is the most common method that people learn and see, but did you know that resuscitating a child or baby requires a different approach? Make sure you are certified to perform all three, and take a look at some of the key differences according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
When to Call 911
Ideally there will be someone else who can call 911 while you begin CPR, but if you are alone the guidelines on when to make that call depends on the victim’s age. If you are treating an adult, teen, or tween, make the call right away. If the victim is eight years old or younger, perform CPR for two minutes before calling for help.
How to Give Compressions
While performing CPR on a child or adult, compressions are performed with the heel of your hand. If you are caring for an infant under 12 months, you should only use two fingers, the index and middle, to perform the compressions.
How to Provide Rescue Breaths
While an adult or child over one year of age should have their nose pinched shut during rescue breaths, if you are performing CPR on an infant you may cover both the mouth and nose with your whole mouth, or you may hold the mouth closed and only apply rescue breaths through the nose.
If you have questions about CPR or if you would like to sign up for the infant CPR classes offered at Northwest Medical Center, call our free Consult-a-NurseÂ® service at 1-888-256-7720.