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Friday, July 23, 2010

Adult or child: who needs deeper compressions?

The answer may surprise you.

For an adult, you need to push one and one half to two inches deep.

For a child, you need to push one third to one half of the front-to-back thickness of the chest at the nipple line.

Let's examine two examples: if a child's chest is six inches thick, you will be pushing anywhere from two to three inches - deeper than you would push on an adult's chest. If the child's chest were nine inches thick, you would be pushing three to four and one-half inches deep.

If the child shows any signs of puberty, treat the child as an adult.