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Become a Link in the Chain of Cardiac Survival
Learning the Chain of Survival
- Recognize that there is an emergency. If the person is unresponsive, emergency care should be started.
- Call for medical help or have someone else call.
- If there is an AED available, get it (or have someone else get it) and follow the steps on the machine.
- Start CPR by giving chest compressions. Push in the chest at least two inches at a fast rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.
- If you are trained in CPR, after 30 compressions, open the person's airway and give two rescue breaths. Then, continue with the chest compressions. If you feel more comfortable, you can give the compressions without the breaths until the ambulance arrives.
Defibrillators: The Difference Between Life and Death
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Citizen CPR Foundation, Inc. http://www.citizencpr.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014
- Update Date: 02/10/2014