CPR Course - Infant (11 of 14)    
    To perform CPR, remember the basic steps of CPR administration called CAB
for compressions, for airway, and for breathing


   
       
     
   

External chest compressions provide artificial circulation. When you apply rhythmic pressure on the lower half of the infant's breastbone, you force the heart to pump blood.
To do external chest compression properly, follow the steps below:

1.  Place 2 fingers on the breastbone - just below the nipples (Difference 4).

2.  Make sure not to press at the very end of the breastbone.

3.  Keep your other hand on the infant's forehead, keeping the head tilted back.

4. Press down on the infant's chest so that it compresses about 1/3 of the depth of the chest, about 1 1/2 inches deep (Difference 5).

         
   

5.  Keep interruptions to less than 10 seconds. Continue administering compressions at a rate of 100-120/min with 2 rescue breaths until emergency services arrive.


Important:  As of October of 2015, the guidelines for performing effective CPR have changed. If the person is not confident in his/her abilities to perform CPR, he/she may administer Compression Only CPR. However, please note that conventional CPR with 30 compressions and 2 rescue breaths is still advised for pediatric victims.