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CPR Information

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save a person experiencing cardiac arrest. This emergency procedure can restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person experiencing a medical crisis. By becoming familiar with CPR, you can offer life-saving support to a person in need until professional help arrives. Learn about the techniques for CPR and see how you can use them to save a life.

Compression-Only CPR

Compression-only CPR is a simplified form of CPR for certain situations.

  • This technique is most effective on a witnessed cardiac arrest of an adult, but can be used on an unwitnessed arrest as well.
  • An adult is anyone over 18 years of age.
  • Traditional CPR with breathing should still be performed on victims of drowning, electrocution, drug overdose, and choking. Traditional CPR is also performed on children and infants.