How to perform chest compressions

Royal College of Nursing

Educator: Royal College of Nursing
Course Duration: 60 minutes

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This module outlines the correct and effective technique for performing chest compressions for adults in cardiac arrest. Correct performance of chest compressions relies on various factors that are within the control of the nurse. Therefore, it is essential that nurses have comprehensive knowledge of this vital skill. Techniques that deviate from evidence-based recommendations may lead to an ineffective resuscitation attempt and unfavourable outcomes for patients. Accurate hand placement on the patient’s chest is vital to ensure the heart is compressed effectively. Adhering to the recommended depth and rate of compression is fundamental to perfuse the myocardium. Interruptions to chest compressions should be kept to a minimum.

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