One-Rescuer BLS Sequence
If you are the first responder on scene to a potential cardiac arrest child/infant victim, make sure to first check for your safety and the safety of the victim. You want to ensure the setting is right to begin the BLS Assessment.
The BLS Assessment has four sequential steps:
Let's look at each one of these steps individually.
|1: Check Responsiveness||
When intervening with a patient who appears to be unresponsive, the first action is to tap the patient and ask loudly "Are you alright?"
Obviously, an infant or young child will not respond to your question. However, look for facial cues to identify a reaction from the victim.
|2: Activate the Emergency Response System and retrieve the AED (Automated External Defibrillator)||
If the victim is unresponsive, Call 911 or shout for help. If someone is available, send them to call 911 and retrieve the AED or defibrillator.
|3: Circulation and Breathing||
Check the pulse (5-10 seconds)
While checking the pulse, simultaneously check the patient for absent or abnormal breathing (gasping) by observing the patient's chest for 5-10 seconds.
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