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Advice for CPR on infants

Gigi Chawla, MD, senior medical director of primary care for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, joined WCCO Mid-Morning hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha to demonstrate the life-saving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important things to remember for CPR:

  • Chest compression is crucial to help blood flow.
  • Technique is slightly different for adults, children and infants. When giving breaths to an infant, the rescuer’s mouth must cover the infant’s mouth and nose.
  • When attempting CPR on an infant, the recommendation for finger placement on the chest is the length of the sternum. Push straight down, hard and fast.
  • Push 30 times at a beat of 100-120 beats per minute to the beat of Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”
  • Give two breaths and watch for the chest to rise. Remember to allow the chest to fully recoil.
  • Repeat.
Madeline Riggs