Paediatric basic life support (BLS) is not simply a scaled-down version of that provided for adults, although, where possible, guidelines are the same for all ages to aid teaching and retention. Some of the techniques employed need to be varied according to the size of the child.
A somewhat artificial line is generally drawn between infants (less than 1 year old) and children and then adults.
The preponderance of hypoxic causes of paediatric cardio respiratory arrest means that oxygen delivery rather than defibrillation is the critical step in children. This underlines the major differences with the adult algorithm.
By applying the basic techniques described, a single rescuer can support the vital respiratory and circulatory functions of a collapsed child with no equipment.
Basic life support is the foundation on which advanced life support is built. Therefore it is essential that all advanced life support providers are proficient at basic techniques, and that they are capable of ensuring that basic support is provided continuously and well during resuscitation.
The 11th Special Interest Day
Specifically designed for healthcare professionals with a special interest in paediatric critical care and resuscitation
Date: 3rd May 2012
part of the multi focused life connections event
All of our parent teaching leaflets are designed to be used in conjunction with a practical resuscitation training programme. This will mean that learners will have the opportunity to practice the skills on an appropriate manikin, and will have the support and feedback from a trained instructor.
The leaflets will provide a succinct aide memoir for the skills that parents have practiced and discussed.