CPR for Children and Young Teens
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation , or CPR, can help to circulate oxygenated blood when a medical emergency strikes. When performed properly, this simple act can help to improve a victim’s ability to survive a cardiac or traumatic event. Below are the basic steps for performing CPR on a child or young teen that has become unresponsive and is not breathing.
- Check immediately to see if the child is responsive. If he or she does not respond, call immediately for medical help and retrieve an AED if one is available.
- If the child is not breathing , begin chest compressions in the lower half of the chest directly over the sternum (chest bone). Lock your elbows and press down in a straight motion, compressing two inches deep at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
- If you are trained in CPR , begin rescue breaths at a rate of two rescue breaths after every 30 chest compressions. Each breath should last about one second in duration.
- If you are not trained in CPR , continue to perform chest compressions until the AED is ready, the scene becomes unsafe, the child regains consciousness, or until professional medical help arrives. If another person is there with you, take turns to avoid fatigue.
- If an AED becomes available, turn it on, place the pads, and follow the instructions on the machine.
It is possible that CPR can result in fractured ribs, a punctured lung, or soreness in the chest, especially in frail children. The risk of death from these complications, however, is far less than if CPR is never initiated. If you or a loved one experiences any medical emergency, you can trust that Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center will provide you with quality, prompt care. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer our expert assistance—contact us today at (805) 497-2727 to learn more about our emergency care services.