CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
Hand Placement and Position
- When performing CPR on adults, caregivers should use both hands that are interlocked and placed between the nipples.
- For children ages one through eight, caregivers hands should use one hand placed between the nipples.
- Only two fingers should be used when CPR is performed on infants and should be placed just below the nipple line.
- When performing CPR on adults and children ages one through eight, the caregiver should press down two inches.
- When performing CPR on infants, the caregiver should press down one and a half inches.
- Caregivers should perform 30 compressions at 100-120 compressions per minute to allow the chest to recoil between compressions. Immediately follow compressions with rescue breaths.
Visit the American Heart Association website to learn more about performing CPR.