Basic life support for children and young people with a learning or physical disability and an altered body shape
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Basic life support for children and young people with a learning or physical disability and an altered body shape

Claire Thomas Paediatric Nurse and Trainer, Life Skills with Mrs T, Tiverton, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the need to modify the delivery of basic life support for children and young people with a learning or physical disability and altered body shape

  • To increase your awareness of best practice when delivering basic life support for children and young people with a learning or physical disability and an altered body shape

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

The number of people with complex health needs is increasing and this includes children and young people with a learning or physical disability. People with a learning or physical disability are at an increased risk of developing an altered body shape due to their lack of movement, which typically affects the chest. This has implications for healthcare professionals who may be required to provide basic life support (BLS) to such people.

This article considers how the delivery of BLS for children and young people with a learning or physical disability and an altered body shape may need to be modified while still complying with the Resuscitation Council (UK) paediatric and adult BLS guidelines.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1270

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Correspondence

clairethomasuk@gmail.com

Conflict of interest

None declared

Thomas C (2020) Basic life support for children and young people with a learning or physical disability and an altered body shape. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1270

Acknowledgement The author would like to thank Andrea Page of Birmingham City University and Stefan Cash of the University of Wolverhampton, who have trained the author in undertaking basic life support for people with an altered body shape and have been a great support and resource in writing this CPD article

Published online: 03 August 2020

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