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CPR is an emergency life saving procedure consisting of timed compression of external chest wall with alternating mouth to mouth breathing.

First you have to make sure that the scene is safe to help the victim and perform CPR. Determine whether the victim is responsive or not by tapping on the shoulder and shouting at them “are you ok?” If there is no response than 911 should be called. In the unconscious victim, the most common airway obstruction is the tongue. Roll the victim on their back, open the airway by tilting the head back gently with one hand and gently lift the chin forward with the other hand, this may allow breathing to resume.

Check if the victim is breathing by looking for chest movement, listening for normal breath sounds and feeling any air movement on your cheek for 5 – 10 seconds. If there is no breathing than start CPR. Pinch nose shut and start mouth to mouth breathing by making a tight seal around the victim’s mouth with yours, give 2 slow breaths making sure that the person’s chest rises with each breath.