What is a CPR party and how does it work?

What is a CPR party and how does it work?

It is a gathering in your home of your friends, family, babysitters, nannies and anyone else caring for your infants and children. Most people have never taken a CPR class because they simply never got around to it. It takes planning and the classes can be hours long and offered at inconvenient times. And besides, they focus mostly on adults. While it is very important to know what to do if your adult loved one collapses it is much scarier when...

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Do you still do the breathing during CPR?

Do you still do the breathing during CPR?

There’s a some confusion about whether you give breaths during CPR anymore. I get asked this question a lot in my classes. I am going to clear up the confusion. It is important to attempt to give breaths during CPR but not as crucial for adults as it is for infants and children. When adults become unresponsive it is usually a result of cardiac arrest. The oxygen content of the blood is typically adequate to meet oxygen demands of the body...

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Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging: Is normal Baby’s gag reflex is close to the front of the mouth. Gagging gets food or objects out of the back of mouth. Gagging is nature’s way of preventing airway obstruction. Baby is making sound such as coughing or the gagging sound. No need to intervene. Severe Choking: An object is lodged in the airway. There is no sound. The airway is blocked. There is no breathing or air movement. Baby’s color is blue around the lips. It’s a...

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What do you do in the first five minutes in an emergency with an infant or child?

What do you do in the first five minutes in an emergency with an infant or child?

1. Take a deep breath and make sure the surroundings are safe for you. It will serve no purpose to run into a dangerous situation. 2. Try to find out what happened to determine what kind of injuries the infant or child sustained. 3. If you think the child has neck or back injuries DO NOT MOVE him unless he is in an unsafe area or is face down and needs CPR. 4. Assess for immediate life-threatening problems. Use the C-A-B steps of CPR if the...

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If a child becomes unresponsive, how much time do you have before brain damage or death occurs?

If a child becomes unresponsive, how much time do you have before brain damage or death occurs?

This is a question I get…how much time does it take for brain damage or death to occur. You have 4 to 6 minutes before brain damage can occur and 8 to 10 minutes for death to occur. This is why it is so important to start CPR immediately if you find an unresponsive infant or child. Assuming you were with the child when she became unresponsive, you have those initial minutes when the blood is still oxygenated. By doing the first step of...

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Critical characteristics of high-quality CPR for infants and children.

Critical characteristics of high-quality CPR for infants and children.

High-quality CPR improves an infant or childs’ chance of survival. The critical characteristics of high-quality CPR include: Start compressions within 10 seconds of recognition of cardiac arrest Push hard, push fast Compress at a rate of at least 100 times per minute Push down on the chest approximately 1 1/2 inches for infants Push approximately 2 inches for children Allow the chest to return to normal position after each compression...

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