7. Team Approach

  1. First rescuer should take the role of team leader. One rescuer can provide compressions, one can prepare to give breaths, and one can prepare the AED. 
  1. Chest compressions for adults. Most important component of CPR. Keep vital organs functioning until higher level of care is available. Place heel of non-dominant hand between the nipples. Place other hand on top of first hand. The heel of the hand should be on the bottom two thirds of the sternum. Avoid xiphoid process. Knees against victim’s side. Lock your elbows. Depress sternum at least 2 inches, but no more than 2.4 inches. Push hard and fast (100-120 times per minute). Allow chest to recoil. Rescuers trade off every 2 minutes to avoid fatigue.