How to Do CPR

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a basic life-saving procedure that starts by assessing breathing and circulation. Perform CPR with tips from a firefighter in this free video on first aid.

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You know when we least expect it, we can run into a victim of an injury, accident or illness that would require the basics steps of CPR. Hi I'm Captain Joe Bruni and what we are going to demonstrate and talk about is how to perform CPR. CPR is a basic life saving function that starts off by assessing airway breathing and circulation, commonly referred to as the abc's. We would first use the head tilt chin lift maneuver to open the airway as we look, listen and feel for chest rise, airway exchange against our cheek, and listening for airway exchange with our ear. We would then feel for circulation to see if the person has a heart rate. If they are not breathing, we would deliver two quick rescue breaths by pinching off the nose, opening the airway and breathing in the patient's mouth. After two quick rescue breaths we would start by placing one hand on top of the other, between the nipple line, on top of the breastbone. And begin the process of about a two inch to two and a half inch depth on CPR and chest compressions. The rate would be thirty compressions to two ventilations. We're striving for a hundred and twenty compressions per minute. So they would be rapid and very, very quick. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten and so on. After thirty we stop, head tilt chin lift, deliver to rescue breaths and go back to chest compressions once again. The basic step for performing CPR can be a life saving measure in this type of situation. I'm Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe and we'll see you next time.

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