Two-Rescuer BLS Sequence
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.
|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, the first responder should remain within the victim and resumes BLS sequence while the second responder activates emergency response system and retrieves 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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