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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a series of steps to help a person who is not responding and has stopped breathing. CPR helps deliver oxygen rich blood to the body tissue when the body is not able to do this on its own.
CPR is given to a child who is not breathing. Reasons for this may include:
- Sudden cardiac arrest
- Cerebrovascular accident (bleeding in the brain)
- Electrical shocks and lightning strikes
- Severe infection
- Drug overdose
- Excessive bleeding
The outcome will depend on the initial cause and how soon effective CPR was initiated. Many victims are unable to regain a normal heartbeat after it has stopped.
In frail children, it is possible that ribs may fracture or break during chest compressions. Other complications, like a puncture of a lung, are also possible.
People with weakened bones have a higher risk of fractures from CPR. However, there is far greater risk of death if CPR is delayed or not done correctly.