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A 24-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 40 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.
Dr. S. E. Johnson
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Midbreastbone: Remember, the secret to chest compressions is hard and fast. At least 100 compressions a minute, and depress the sternum 2-3 inches. Lean over the body for best results and use your body weight, not your arms (they tire quickly).
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
CPR COMPTRSSIONS: On the middle og chest called sternum, lower part of sternum.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

When you start cpr, do you start by breathing or by chest compressions?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Chest compressions: In 2010 the aha revised their CPR guidelines to change the order in which care was initiated. Previously the recommendation had been to follow the order abc (which stood for airway, breathing, circulation (compressions)). The new recommendation is abbreviated cab- reflecting an emphasis on compressions. In fact, if you'd rather not give mouth to mouth breathing- compression only CPR is fine.

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