How is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed when an adult is unconscious?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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For an unconscious adult, CPR is initiated as follows:

  • Give 30 chest compressions

  • Perform the head-tilt chin-lift maneuver to open the airway and determine if the patient is breathing

  • Before beginning ventilations, look in the patient’s mouth for a foreign body blocking the airway

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