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According to some estimates, administering CPR could save over 100,000 more lives per year. One of the leading reasons why CPR isn't administered is because people often lack proper training. If you work with or care for small children, knowing CPR is a must.
These tips are a quick, potentially life-saving, refresher on CPR for children:
CPR before Calling
The first few minutes that a child is unresponsive can be the critical window when you can save their life. If you find a child in an unresponsive state, begin CPR immediately. If possible, administer the CPR continuously until help arrives. If you are alone with the unresponsive child, administer CPR for at least 2 minutes before you stop to call 911.
CPR is designed to restart a person's natural cardiac cycle. The most natural rhythm for this is roughly the same beat as a disco song. Famously, the Beegee's Stayin' Alive has been anointed as the official rhythm of perfectly administered CPR. Any song, however, with roughly 100 beats per minute works. If you're refreshing a group about CPR, choose a song, play it for the group, having them tap their feet to the song. This will help them remember the rhythm if they need to administer CPR
Harder is Better
One of the biggest issues with administering CPR to a child is inadvertently hurting the victim you're necessitating in the process of trying to save them. Although this fear is legitimate and understandable, not applying the appropriate pressure will greatly reduce the CPR's efficacy. A child can recover from a few broken ribs, but they can't recover if their heart is not restarted.
Stick to Chest Compressions
The most important part of CPR is restarting a child's heart. Although mouth to mouth necessitation can be appropriate in some cases, the most important part of CPR is administering chest compressions. Giving mouth to mouth will only prevent you from giving compressions consistently.
If more than one adult is able to assist an unresponsive child, switching roles can keep you calm and alleviate the inevitable fatigue that will set in. While one adult administers CPR, the other adult should call for help, keep the area clear, and be ready to jump in to continue CPR when their partner gets tired.
If you work with children, there's really no excuse for not learning CPR. These tips can help you brush up on this life-saving skill. For more information, contact your local CPR class training center.Share
29 July 2018