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Week 10. CPR = cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Scenario 1. 

An alarmingly white, well-lit airport. Ticket counter. 
Your partner grimaces, collapses. 
You turn to ask for help, and when you turn back, your partner has turned into a plastic mannequin lying supine on the floor. 
No breathing, no pulse.
You must compress the mannequin’s chest hard enough with interlaced hands to light up two green lights above the left clavicle. 
Two breaths. 
Thirty compressions.
Please, call 9-1-1!
Someone, get an AED...
Analyzing: shock advised. 
Shock delivered.
Resume CPR.
Your partner may turn back into a real person, but meanwhile, compressions and breaths keep blood pumping and oxygen circulating.
Your partner’s life--interlaced in your hands.

Scenario 2.

The comfort of your home.
Your cute 7-month-old mouths toys on a colorful playmat. 
You turn around, and NO, this cannot be happening. Baby has been replaced with an open-mouthed, nonresponsive, rubber infant. 
Luckily, you are a nurse practitioner and know exactly what to do. 
This is a test. 
Check brachial pulse; check chest for breaths.
You must now give two-fingered chest compressions to fake baby (in a way that makes two green lights on the diaper light up).
2 breaths from a bag or mask.
Call 9-1-1 on speaker phone. 
You gave your baby life, but now you must keep the dolly lit up until paramedics arrive so you can have your real child back.

*Scenarios based on American Heart Association's Basic Life Support CPR certification training videos. 


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