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.