CPR Top Tips


In critical moments, knowing CPR’s essential techniques can mean the difference between life and tragedy. This guide explores vital CPR top tips for confident and precise life-saving actions. Whether you’re a bystander, parent, or professional, mastering these tips empowers you to respond swiftly and contribute to a safer community.


1) Call for help

Before starting CPR, call emergency services (999 or your local emergency number) for professional medical assistance. CPR is important, but it’s only part of the emergency response.

2) Push hard and fast

During chest compressions, press down hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest at a rate of around 100-120 compressions per minute. Allow the chest to fully recoil between compressions. Compressions should be at least 2 inches (5 cm) deep, but not too deep that you risk injuring the victim. 


3) Minimize interruptions

Interruptions in compressions can decrease the effectiveness of CPR. Minimize interruptions when transitioning between compressions and rescue breaths (if applicable).

4) Fully release between compressions

Allowing the heart to refill with oxygenated blood is crucial. Incomplete chest releases can hinder blood flow and reduce the effectiveness of CPR.


5) Use an AED

(Automated External Defibrillator)

If an AED is available, use it as soon as possible. AEDs can analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and provide instructions for defibrillation if needed.

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6) Don't stop until help arrives

Continue performing CPR until professional medical help arrives and takes over or until the victim shows signs of life and starts breathing normally.

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