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BLS Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm - Updated 2020

Cardiac Arrest is the cessation of blood circulation due to absent or ineffective cardiac mechanical activity. Clinically, the patient is unresponsive, not breathing or only gasping, and there is no detectable pulse. Cerebral hypoxia causes LOC and failure to breathe. Agonal breaths may be observed during the first minutes after cardiac arrest.

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BLS Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm

BLS Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm

If there is more than one responder on scene for a potential cardiac arrest child/infant victim, make sure to first check for responder safety and the safety of the victim. You want to ensure the setting is right to begin the BLS Assessment.

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Pediatric BLS One Rescuer Algorithm

Pediatric BLS One Rescuer Algorithm

This algorithm describes the BLS sequence specifically for children and infants. There are key differences when compared to the BLS sequence for adults. Infants are not a newborn but less than 1 year old and children are older than 1 year old but younger than puberty.

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Pediatric BLS Two Rescuer Algorithm

Pediatric BLS Two Rescuer Algorithm

There are slight differences between the one and two rescuer algorithm for children and infants. This algorithm highlights what makes a two rescuer situation unique.

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