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  • Writer's pictureShayna Gavin, Splash Principal Physiotherapist

Do you remember CPR? DRSABCD?

It's nearly summer holidays. Yay!

Playing in the pool, relaxing by the beach (with an ever watchful eye on the littlies of course!)

Time for a quick CPR refresher. I hope you never have to use it.

Do you know how to do CPR for a baby?

First aid chart showing infant CPR

Do you know how to do CPR for an adult or child?

I was taught to do chest compressions to 1/3 the chest depth. That means you only have one thing to remember, rather than different depths for children and adults. Also, it means you are more likely to be effective on a larger adult, as well as on a smaller adult.

Also, if you needed to do CPR after a water rescue, I was taught to add in 2 initial rescue breaths to help clear water.

First aid chart showing DRSABCD action plan for children and adults

Please consider this post to be general advice.

It does not replace becoming accredited in first aid, nor seeking assistance from a medical professional.

Shayna Gavin is a physiotherapist who is passionate about helping babies, children and young people learn functional skills so they can participate in life at home, school and in their community. Recognising that children do best in their own environments, she visits homes, schools, and leisure activities from football fields to ballet classes. She also has daily aquatic physiotherapy sessions available at two private swimming schools in Moonee Ponds and Greensborough, Melbourne. She combines principles of paediatric physiotherapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment / Bobath, motor learning, Sensory Integration and swimming teaching to address the individual needs of each child and their family. She loves providing professional development to physiotherapists, allied health and education professionals, allied health assistants and swimming teachers.

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