2 Person CPR Cycles | Multi-Person First Aid CPR Training Advice
Hey guys, thanks for popping in to read more! We're going to talk more about two-person CPR and what is different from that or similar to one person's CPR. So, let's first understand what that actually means, right? So when we walk across someone who appears to be unresponsive, we're the first provider on the scene, we're by ourselves, we're going to administer CPR the regular way that we normally would, which is 30 compressions and 2 breaths. Should you choose to give breath if you're comfortable. Remember we also have hands-only compression-only CPR that is non-stop, no interruption chest compressions for CPR cycles. If you're uncomfortable because you don't have PPE, maybe it's a stranger, there's blood, body fluid, vomit, things like that, you're uncomfortable for any reason.
If two people walk up to that same scene, one person will administer CPR. Ideally, if there's an AED machine on-site, the other person will go get it and retrieve it, and essentially CPR cycles are going to be the same. We do 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths, again with the option of doing hands-only compression-only CPR. So that's usually two minutes in time, approximately five cycles of CPR. That is the point at which we'll call for a switch with the other person that's there to help us. Because again, that helps reduce responder fatigue because giving CPR is a very tiring situation. So with that said, when we have someone else available to help us with CPR cycles. So if you're tired before that, it's totally okay to call for a switch before that 2 minute time, but usually the standard says five cycles. The other reason why approximately two minutes is important is because if you're using an AED machine, those machines and devices are all calibrated to reassess the heart's electrical activity every two minutes.
So essentially during the assessment and administration of shock if needed, we will switch at that point to again help reduce responder fatigue and ensure that we can provide high-quality CPR chest compressions, again for the adult, at least two inches deep at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
In Summary- begin CPR immediately, and when another rescuer can help, switch at approximately 5-cycles of CPR to help reduce responder fatigue and ensure high quality CPR.