In life threatening situations, it’s hard to keep a cool head and take control of the situation. Emergencies can strike at any point with anyone. If you find yourself around someone who is suffering an attack, it can be a little intimidating to perform life-saving procedures all by yourself, especially if you are untrained and have never done it before.
Sometimes, the rescue scene may have more than one rescue person at hand. In such cases, both the volunteers can work in tandem to revive the patient. The method used in such cases is the Two person CPR method, where both rescuers are required to stay calm and perform the emergency tasks together.
What to remember in the 2 person CPR method:
You might be working with another person whose ideas may or may not match yours. Sometimes, two different people have different ways of approaching resuscitation; their methods may not always match yours.In such situations, rescuers attempt to offer help based on their training and prior skills. Another person could know different methods or ways.
It helps to remember here that the common goal is to help save a life. Here are some points to remember:
- The cycle of CPR for patients is 2 rescue breaths for every 30 compressions
- In the case of two person CPR, the cycle is 30 compressions to 2 breaths for adults
- For children, the rate is halved. The cycle is 15 compressions for every 2 breaths
For a non-responsive adult or child, the pulse should be checked on the neck. For infants ,the pulse is too faint to be detected on the neck and can be detected on the arm in the brachial artery. In terms of resuscitation, anyone over the age of 12 years can be treated as an adult, anyone between 2- 12 years is a child. Anyone younger than 2 years is to be treated according to the CPR rules for infants.
The above rules are given by the American Red Cross Society.
Method of 2 man CPR :
For adults –
First, check for any signs of response from the victim. If the victim is in an unresponsive state, check for pulse and signs of breathing.
Ask the other volunteer to call for help by calling your local emergency number and giving details of the victim’s condition and whereabouts.
Lay the victim on a flat surface.
Start the chest compressions with about 100 compressions per minute. After every 30 compressions, follow with breaths. Since two man compression has an extra person to help, one person can give the compressions while the second can give the breaths. This can be alternated every two minutes since compressions are quite tiring for one person to handle.
Make sure that there is no gap in giving the compressions, your actions will be helpful in supplying blood to the brain.
For a child –
In case the victim is a child, use 15 compressions and then give breaths instead of thirty.
For infants, be sure to support the neck and back while attempting resuscitation in order to avoid injury to the patient.
Both the CPR givers need to alternate between giving breaths and chest compressions and switch positions once each person is tired. this method is to be followed till an AED arrives.
An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator that will externally stimulate the heart into giving a response. Make sure there’s no water around when the AED is going to be operated as it conducts electricity.[/vc_column][/vc_row]