Basic life support in children - 2021

First Aid in children already bring to the trespassing acute stress and severe emotional component. Come and try out at home possible realistic scenario to help the child, which is described in the current recommendations of the 2021 European Resuscitation Council.

BLS in children
KPR in children
Published at: 18.9.2023


Martin Doleček, MD, PhD
Head of Emergency Department, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Brno, Medical Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

The presented BLS algorithm captures the algorithm for recognizing cardiac arrest and initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a child from an unknown cause. The algorithm presented is based on the 2021 ERC recommendations for CPR in children. What I find very useful about this algorithm is that it focuses on key decision points in addition to the procedure itself. A lot of useful information is also included in the rationale for each answer.


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