Friday, April 8, 2011

New CPR Guidelines

Just cracked open my new April 2011 PARENTS magazine and read the following, "The American Heart Association now recommends starting chest compressions right away for an unresponsive child-instead of doing mouth to mouth resuscitation as previously advised"
1. Place one hand on top of the other in the center of the kids chest, If your child is under age 1, use two fingers (For infants, place your fingers just below the nipples)
2. Push firmly on the chest for 30 compressions, at a very quick rate. Press 2 inches deep for children and 1 1/2 inches for babies. Make sure you press deep enough!
3. Close the child's nose and tilt her head back to open up the airway; or place your mouth over the baby's nose and mouth together, Then give two one-second rescue breaths. Repeat the sequence. Continue for two minutes, then stop and call 911. Resume CPR until child recovers or help arrives. God forbid any of us ever have to use this info, but at least we can be a little more briefed if the situation arises.

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