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Standard CPR for Adults

If you believe someone is having a cardiac arrest do not panic. Follow the six simple steps of CPR below and help save a life. Remember, these steps are to be used as a guide and a reminder. Please try to attend a CPR training course.
Step 1


Call Ambulance

Check the victim for unresponsiveness. If there is no response, call ambulance and then return to the person.


Step 2

Tilt head,lift chin:check breathing.


Position the person flat on their back. Kneel by their side and place onehand on the forehead and the other under the chin. Tilt the head back and lift the chin until teeth almost touch. Look and listen for breathing.

Step 3

Give two breaths.


If not breathing normally, pinch the nose and cover the mouth with yours. Give two full breaths. The person's chest will rise if you are giving enough air.

Step 4

Check pulse.


Put the fingertips of your hand on the Adam's apple, slide them into the groove next to the windpipe. Feel for a pulse. If you can not feel a pulse or are unsure, move on to the next step.

Step 5

Position hands.


Position your hands in the center of the chest between the nipples. Place one hand on top of the other.


Step 6

Pump 15 times.


Push down firmly two inches. Push on chest 15 times.

Continue with two breaths and 15 pumps until help arrives

Do you want to take these instructions with you?
to print a CPR Pocket Guide.