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.