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

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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
  • Minimize interruptions to less than 10 seconds
  • Give effective breaths that make the chest rise

Definition of an infant:

Newborn to 1 year.

Definition of a child:

1 to approx 8 years old.