Lets look at adult compressions
In this blog we are going to focus on adult compressions done in the kneeling position. We will look at compressions done in the standing position, for those who are in healthcare setting, in a later blog.
Research continues to point to an increase in survivability when compressions are started quickly. In addition, it is important to know how to perform compressions properly to give a person their best chance of survival. You have heard “anything is better than nothing” and this is true…..but lets look at what to do to INCREASE SURVIVABILITY.
I feel often times, in training, there is a lack of focus on proper body mechanics or body positioning to optimize quality. You hear press deeper…..slow down….speed up, etc. But what does it actually look like to do compressions to the best of your ability??? Hands down…..proper body positioning when performing CPR enhances quality of compressions and increases survivability.
Not all situations are created equally. Whatever situation you find your self in always do the best you can!
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 when performing CPR 𝐞𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 and 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲.
Ideal ADULT compressions are:
- Depth greater than 2 inches
- Full chest recoil
- Rate of 100-120 compressions per minute
- Minimizing pauses, and when a pause is necessary restart compressions less than 5-10 seconds
Things we look for when adult compressions are done in the kneeling position:
2. 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐮𝐦. Why?
Ensuring that shoulders are over the sternum 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥 to get deep enough compressions.