Chest compressions are easier to perform and just as effective at reviving a cardiac-arrest victim as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, reports a New England Journal of Medicine study. Use these steps for adults or children older than age 8.
Call 911 immediately. Then lay the person flat on his back on a firm surface and position yourself next to the victim’s neck and shoulders.
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Place the heel of one hand at the center of his chest. Place the other hand on top and interlace your fingers. Press down hard and fast so the chest compresses at least two inches, at a rate of 100 compressions a minute.
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Continue the chest compressions until help arrives.