How is the patient positioned for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Positioning for CPR is as follows:

  • CPR is most easily and effectively performed by laying the patient supine on a relatively hard surface, which allows effective compression of the sternum

  • Delivery of CPR on a mattress or other soft material is generally less effective

  • The person giving compressions should be positioned high enough above the patient to achieve sufficient leverage, so that he or she can use body weight to adequately compress the chest

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