The Family Health Guide

Emergencies and First Aid -— Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

When you perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you are using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to help the person breathe and chest compressions to help the person’s heart pump blood.

The brief review of CPR on the following pages can help you in an emergency; however, this information should not take the place of a certified course in CPR.

Immediate care
Assess the situation. Call out for someone to get help or call 911 yourself if the person does not seem to need immediate assistance. You can determine this by gently shaking the person and asking in a loud voice “Are you OK?” If there is no response, begin CPR and continue until help arrives.

CPR Resource Center