Dramatic video highlights importance of infant CPR

A dramatic video showing good Samaritans rescuing an infant and a toddler from an overturned vehicle trapped in a torrent of flood water Saturday has been making the media and social media rounds. After minutes of struggling, the good Samaritans were able to pry open the doors and get inside, and then dragged the children to safety and helped to resuscitate them. If this were you, would you have been able to assist? Children and adults have different needs when it comes to resuscitation.

  • Usually, an infant has a respiratory emergency first and then a cardiac emergency.
  • The first step is to check the scene for safety.
  • Then shout the baby’s name to get the infant’s attention, tap the bottom of his or her foot and shout again while checking for normal breathing. Check breathing for no more than 10 seconds.
  • If the infant doesn’t respond and is not breathing, send someone to call 9-1-1 and someone to get an AED and first aid kit. If you’re alone with the baby, give two minutes of CPR and then call 9-1-1 yourself.
  • Immediately start CPR and use the AED as soon as possible. Give 30 chest compressions (push hard and fast in the center of the chest about 1½ inches deep at 100-120 compressions per minute).
  • Give 2 rescue breaths. Open the airway and seal your mouth over the infant’s nose and mouth.
  • Continue giving sets of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until an AED is available, the infant shows signs of life, another bystander or EMS personnel takes over, or the scene becomes unsafe.

For more information, visit: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/perfoming-cpr/child-baby-cpr

Infant CPR

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