Adult CPR Steps
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CPR can save a person's life. Do compressions even if you cannot give rescue breaths.
- Check the person:
- Start compressions:
- Kneel beside the person's chest.
- Put one of your hands on top of the other.
- Put the heel of your bottom hand where the person's ribs meet in the middle of his or her chest, between the nipples.
- Press straight down on the sternum (breastbone) at least 2 inches (5 centimeters).
- Do 30 chest compressions at a rate of at least 100 to 120 every minute (2 per second).
- Count the compressions out loud to help you do them at a steady, even speed.
- Give 2 rescue breaths:
- Place one hand on the person's forehead and 2 fingers under the chin.
- Tilt the head back and open the mouth.
- Gently pinch the person's nose closed.
- Take a deep breath and put your lips around the person's mouth, making an airtight seal.
- Blow into the person's mouth. His or her chest will rise with each breath if air is going into the lungs.
- Let the persons's chest fall before giving another breath.
- Repeat the cycle of 30 compressions and 2 breaths for 5 cycles .
- Your local emergency number (911 in the US)
- Continue CPR until help arrives or the person begins to respond.
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