CPR for Adults (Ages 12 and Older)

You Arrive on the Scene

Check the scene for safety. Check the victim for consciousness. Gently tap the shoulder and shout.

No Response

Call 911 immediately.

If the adult is on his or her stomach, turn the person over onto his or her back. The person should be lying on a hard flat surface.

Check for Breathing and Signs of Life

Watch the chest for any normal movement. Look for signs of life and breathing for no more than 10 seconds.

No Breathing or Signs of Life

Begin CPR

a. Position the heel of one hand on the center of the adult’s chest.  Place your other hand on top.

b. With your elbows locked and arms straight, lean over the adult and compress the chest 2 inches in depth 30 times.

c. After 30 compressions, give breaths by tilting the head back, lifting the chin and pinching the nose. Give two slow and gentle breaths. The chest should rise with each breath.

d. Continue with 30 compressions / two breaths, 30 compressions / two breaths, etc. 

Continue CPR until another rescuer takes over, you see signs of life or help arrives.

The Center for Professional Excellence / Education at Cincinnati Children’s offers community CPR and first aid classes for families. Classes are conveniently held during evening and weekend hours at various locations. 

Call 513-636-1096 for more information or to see which class best serves your needs.


Last Updated 07/2013

About the Video

The video on this page demonstrates proper techniques when providing rescue breathing and CPR for people ages 12 and older. 

BE ADVISED: This is not a certification for CPR.