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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How does an in-home infant/child CPR class work?

How does an in-home infant/child CPR class work?

One of my very popular classes is the in-home infant and child CPR training. Parents are very busy, working long hours and running around with kids. If they didn’t take a CPR class before the baby arrived then it gets put off and they don’t take action until an emergency arrives. Baby Zone & Beyond comes to you. Here’s how an in-home “party” works. I’ll give you an example from last Friday’s class....

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New Infant CPR guidelines.

The 2010 American Heart Association Guide lines for CPR emphasize the need for high- quality CPR. There is a change in the sequence of steps from A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, Chest Compressions) to C-A-B (Compressions, Airway Breathing). A compression rate of at least 100/min (a change from “approximately” 100/min. A compression depth of at least one third the depth of the anterior-posterior diameter of the chest for infants. This is...

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New Infant CPR Updates

Infant CPR Updates About every five years, following research, changes are made to the way we teach CPR. This time even more emphasis is placed on chest compressions. In 2006 hard and fast uninterupted compressions were emphasized. The 2010 guidelines have eliminated the initial, Look, Listen and Feel for breathing and the initial 2 rescue breaths.  This can cause a delay in getting to the more important part, chest compressions. The old was...

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