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CPR St. Louis | CPR for Infants

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CPR St. Louis Teaches Basic Life Support (BLS) | CPR for Infants (up to 1 year of age)

Key Differences from Adult/Child

• Check brachial pulse

• 2 finger compressions for 1 rescuer; 2 thumb-encircling hand techniques for 2 rescuers

• Compressions at least 1/3 chest depth or about 1 ½ inches

• 15 compressions to 2 breaths with 2 rescuers. Always 30 compressions to 2 breaths with one rescuer – this is universal.

Activate ERS (same as for children) – If you found the infant in arrest, first administer 2 minutes of CPR (5 cycles) before activating the Emergency Response System (ERS). If you see an infant go into arrest, activate ERS and get AED first then return to an infant.


Sequence for 1 rescuer – Infants

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1. Check for a response. Check for breathing. If neither, then

2. Shout for help. If help arrives, send them to activate ERS and get AED.
*If no one responds and you witnessed the arrest, you go activate ERS and get AED.

3. Check the brachial pulse for no more than 10 seconds.

4. If no pulse or a pulse less than 60, begin CPR with compressions first
*If you are alone and you found an infant in arrest, first give 2 minutes of CPR then go activate ERS and get AED.

*After the second rescuer activates ERS and brings AED, compression to breaths changed to 15 compressions to 2 breaths. This is only true for 2 rescuers. For one rescuer it is universally 30 compressions to 2 breaths.

If you need a Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) class in the St. Louis area visit CPR St. Louis


CPR St. Louis 44 Meramec Valley Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63088 (314) 600-2075



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