Monday, March 7, 2011

Layperson CPR


The following steps are the same when providing care for adults, children and infants.

1. Check for responsiveness and look at the chest for signs of breathing.
    - If the victim is unresponsive and has normal breathing, place the victim in
      the recovery position, have someone call 9-1-1, and monitor the victim for
      changes.
    - If the victim is unresponsive and has abnormal breathing (not breathing or
      only gasping) have someone call 9-1-1 and retrieve an AED.
2. Provide chest compressions
    - Give 30 chest compressions
3. Provide rescue breaths
    - Open the airway
        - Tilt the victims head back and lift the chin.
    - Give 2 breaths
        - Each breath lasts one seconds and should produce visible chest rise 

4. Continue CPR until an AED is available, EMS personnel takes over, or the
    victim starts to move.

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