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CPR in Adults: Positioning Your Hands for Chest Compressions

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If an adult or child is not breathing normally, find the compression landmark.

  • Kneel next to the person.
  • Use your fingers to locate the end of the person's breastbone, where the ribs come together.
  • Place 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 face).
  • 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.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised March 27, 2012

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Last Updated: March 27, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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