How to Give CPR to A Ventilator Patient

This week a student asked:

“I take care of a child who has a trach and is on a ventilator when he sleeps.  Do you have a course for cpr involving a patient with a trach if we were out and did not have access to a vent?”

Though we don’t offer any specific ventilator training, I thought this would be a good time to do a royonrescue episode covering this topic.

I didn’t want to delay this reply any longer than necessary so as Jody Marvin and I were on the road discussing training issues for ProCPR.org, I thought we would take advantage of the drive time and answer this very good question.

It’s hard enough initiating CPR or rescue breathing for a person who doesn’t have any special needs, but then when it’s complicated with something like a tracheostomy, it can really become confusing.  I hope this video blog helps clear things up.  Keep the training questions coming I think it really helps everyone who’s concerned about rescue and saving lives.

Best Wishes,

Roy

Roy Shaw

Roy is the lead trainer and co-founder of ProTrainings. He is also an EMT paramedic whose opinions about rescue come from many years of experience on the ambulance.

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