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Vital signs resuscitation



Pediatric Basic Life Support


1. Establish unresponsiveness. Tap the child and speak loudly.

2. Call for appropriate help.

3. AIRWAY. Open airway using jaw thrust or chin lift (if trauma suspected, stabilize neck, use jaw thrust).

4. BREATHING. Look, listen and feel for breathing. If no breathing, 2 slow breaths mouth to mouth (nose closed). In infants (1 year and less) rescue mouth over nose and mouth. Rescue breathing at 20 breaths per minute.

5. CIRCULATION. If no breathing, begin chest compressions alternating with ventilations, 2 or 3 fingers lower sternum (heel of one hand with larger children), 1/2 to 1 inch deep, 100 per minute (for healthcare providers: pulse check, if pulse <60 begin chest compressions). Compression/ventilation ratio 5:1 1-2 rescuers.


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