There is no substitute for learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR , but emergencies don't wait for training. The steps below include rescue breathing. Only try that if you are trained and confident with the skill. These steps are for adults. You can't hurt the patient by giving unneeded CPR, but if the patient needs CPR and you don't do it, the patient will die. If you have not had CPR training or don't feel comfortable giving rescue breaths, just keep pushing on the chest until help arrives. If you have a patient in front of you and you're saving a life, ignore this section until later. If, on the other hand, you'd like to know why you do each step, read on. Shaking and shouting went out of favor for a while due to concern about neck injuries.
Before Giving CPR
The Ultimate CPR Guide
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. The American Heart Association invites you to share our vision: a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions. It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life. The above advice applies to adults, children and infants needing CPR, but not newborns infants up to 4 weeks old. CPR can keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until more definitive medical treatment can restore a normal heart rhythm. When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. A person may die within eight to 10 minutes.