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Lancet. 1986 May 3;1(8488):1024-5.

Relation of infant heart to sternum: its significance in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Abstract

In a radiographic study of 55 infants with an age-range of 27 weeks' gestation to 13 months post-term, the centre of the heart was positioned under the lower third of the sternum in 48 cases. In 4 infants the position was slightly more cephalad, but still below the lower half of the sternum. In 3 infants, the position was below the xiphisternal junction. Present guidelines for infant resuscitation should be revised in view of these findings.

PMID:
2871296
DOI:
10.1016/s0140-6736(86)91284-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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