CPR- techniques for best results

The following are very important to delivering quality CPR and giving a person the best chance of survival;

First: start CPR following an assessment for unconsciousness and breathing. Determine by tapping the upper chest firmly and checking if chest rises after 5-10 seconds

Second: to start CPR, begin with chest compressions at the lower half of the breastbone or sternum. This is most often at mid-nipple line, but not always. Push hard and fast! 2 inches or more on the adult. Compressions are the most important part of CPR!

Third: If you have a mask, consider using it if you have been trained properly, however, if you are not confident or have not been trained in a while, I would recommend Hands-only CPR. Provide compressions until help arrives, not stopping until 911 shows up or another bystander comes to assist. Remember to call 911 immediately following the check for consciousness, especially in the adult patient as the problem is serious in nature, when cardiac arrest strikes.

Fourth: Use an AED, if one is available. It will determine if a shock is needed. Turn the unit ON, attach pads to the chest, plug in the connector if not already attached to the machine.

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