A. Two-thumbs technique.
B. Three-thumbs technique.
C. One-thumb technique.
The two-thumb technique is both an easier and more effective method of infant CPR.
- The 2-thumb method works by placing both thumbs on the lower third of the infant’s sternum with the fingers cradled around the infant’s back and chest.
- A total of 5 compressions are done alternating with 1 breath of mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.
- This technique works better because it combines simultaneous sternal compression with lateral compression, or squeezing of the chest, unlike the 2-finger method, which uses only the sternal compression.
- The 2-thumb method is also easier to perform because it causes less finger fatigue.