Performing CPR can save a life. This technique involves repeated chest compressions that help keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain.
Adults and children who stop breathing should receive CPR. It is important to start CPR right away to give the victim the best chance at survival.
If you do not have training in performing CPR, you can contact a dispatcher to instruct you. They can also help you find an AED (automated external defibrillator) if one is available.
If the victim has a spinal injury, you should roll them to one side and continue CPR with two people. If you do not have two people available, ask a bystander to find an AED machine and call 911.
When you begin CPR, you should place your hands on the child’s chest, just above the nipples. You should also place your fingers in the center of the chest to elicit a response.
Once you’ve placed your hands on the child’s chest, push them down at least two inches deep. After about a second, the chest should begin to rise. Continue giving the chest compressions for at least a minute.
After a minute, check to see if the victim is still breathing. If the victim is still unconscious, do not give any more CPR.
If you still feel like the victim is not breathing, you can begin giving them two rescue breaths. You can also give them gentle puffs of air instead of deep breaths.
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