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Optimising CPR Performance: Positioning, Depth, and Communication

Effective CPR performance is essential for maximizing the chances of survival in cardiac arrest victims. Understanding optimal positioning, compression depth, and communication can help improve CPR outcomes.

Positioning for CPR

Though the optimum position for providing CPR is by the side of the victim, compressions can also be given:

  • Over the head in confined spaces, such as an aeroplane or bus aisle.

Compression Depth and Speed

To ensure effective CPR:

  • Compress the chest to a depth of 5cm to 6cm.
  • Perform compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute.
  • Avoid exceeding two compressions per second.

Minimizing Pauses in Chest Compressions

Keep interruptions to a minimum by:

  • Reducing pauses between compressions to less than 10 seconds.
  • Communicating well with rescuers during CPR.

Importance of Chest Recoil

Remember to:

  • Allow the chest to fully recoil after each compression.
  • Consider the recoil time as important as the compression time.

Changing Rescuers

To maintain optimal compression depth:

  • Change rescuers every two minutes, if possible.
  • Avoid interruptions in chest compressions while changing rescuers.

Practice Makes Perfect

Improve your CPR skills by:

  • Practising on a manikin, toy, or stuffed bag.

  • IPOSi Unit four LO3.1, 3.2 & 3.3
  • IPOSi Unit two LO1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3