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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (cont.)

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Check for responsiveness by gently shaking the victim and shouting, "Are you OK?"
Check for responsiveness by gently shaking the victim and shouting, "Are you OK?". Click to view larger image.

If the victim is unresponsive, immediately call 911. If an automated external defibrillator is available, bring it to the person's side.
If the victim is unresponsive, immediately call 911. If an automated external defibrillator is available, bring it to the person's side. Click to view larger image.

The moment an AED becomes available, IMMEDIATELY press the "On" button. The AED will speak to you. Follow the directions given.
The moment an AED becomes available, IMMEDIATELY press the "On" button. The AED will speak to you. Follow the directions given. Click to view larger image.

Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, right between the nipples. Place the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand. Lock your elbows and position your shoulders directly above your hands. Press down on the chest with enough force to move the breastbone down about 2 inches. Compress the chest 30 times, at a rate of at least 100 times per minute.
Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, right between the nipples. Place the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand. Lock your elbows and position your shoulders directly above your hands. Press down on the chest with enough force to move the breastbone down about 2 inches. Compress the chest 30 times, at a rate of at least 100 times per minute. Click to view larger image.

Provide two rescue breaths. Place you mouth around the victim's mouth; pinch off the nose and administer two slow breaths. Make sure the chest rises with each breath.
Provide two rescue breaths. Place you mouth around the victim's mouth; pinch off the nose and administer two slow breaths. Make sure the chest rises with each breath. Click to view larger image.

Repeat the 30 compressions and two breaths until help arrives.
Repeat the 30 compressions and two breaths until help arrives. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease

REFERENCE:

American Heart Association. 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Supplement to Circulation; Nov 2010; Vol 122; Issue 18; Supplement 3.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/23/2015

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