CPR in Adults: Positioning Your Hands for Chest Compressions
If an adult or child is not breathing normally, find the
Kneel next to the person.
Use your fingers to
locate the end of the person's breastbone, where the ribs come together.
two fingers at the tip of the breastbone.
Place the heel of the
other hand right above your fingers (on the side closest to the person's
Use both hands to give chest compressions. Stack your other hand on top
of the one that you just put in position. Lace the fingers of both hands
together, and raise your fingers so they do not touch the chest.
The compression rate is at least 100 compressions a minute.
If you know CPR and are giving rescue breaths, give 30 compressions to 2 breaths.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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