Section 2: Crisis Management

Basic Life Support in Children

CPR in Children and Victims of Respiratory Arrest e.g. asthma or drowning

  • Children are more likely to suffer a respiratory arrest. This is the same as someone who may have drowned.
  • Therefore, give 5 initial rescue breaths if willing and commence CPR
  • If alone, give 5 initial rescue breaths and 1 minute of CPR before leaving the casualty to dial 999
  • If unsure as to why an adult needs CPR, presume cardiac related cause unless scene survey suggests otherwise
  • Use 1 hand for compressions in smaller children
  • Depth should be 1/3 of chest depth in children
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