Skip to Content

Health Tip: Performing CPR

-- Performing CPR can save a life, but it may be difficult to remember exactly what to do during an emergency, the American Red Cross says.

Here's what the agency recommends:

  • Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.
  • Deliver rescue breaths by tilting the person's head back slightly and lifting the chin, pinching the nose shut while placing your mouth over the person's mouth to make a complete seal. Blow into the person's mouth to make the chest rise. Deliver two rescue breaths, then continue compressions.
  • Keep performing cycles of chest compressions and breathing until the person exhibits signs of life, such as breathing, or a trained medical responder arrives on scene.

© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Posted: January 2018

Read this next

AHA News: After Working Late, Teacher Woke Up in ICU Four Days Later

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Teacher Zach Nelson spent most of his Sunday preparing for the week ahead, working deep into the evening. He put his...

Women Get Worse Care for Heart Attack

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 -- Young women who suffer a particularly deadly condition after a heart attack are 11% more likely to die from it than men, a new study finds. Not only...

COVID-19 Patients Rarely Survive Cardiac Arrest: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 -- Folks whose hearts stop due to a severe case of COVID-19 are very unlikely to leave the hospital alive, a new study shows. Out of 54 patients at a...