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How hard do you have to push when you are doing chest compressions in cpr?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Hard!: As the aha guidelines state- push hard, push fast. It takes a significant amount of compression to help the heart pump blood- you are trying to compress the heart between the sternum and vertebrae. Compress the chest about halfway to the floor. If you find yourself in the position of performing cpr, any injury you might cause while performing CPR is far outweighed by the potential benefit.

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Where on the chest do you push when you do cpr chest compressions?

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Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 41 years experience
Midbreastbone: Feel where your stomach meets your breast bone, go up towards your head on the breast bone one fist size and that's where you press.

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