The basic steps to performing adult CPR
1. Determine that victim is unconscious. Gently attempt to wake the victim. If they are not breathing call 911 then move to step 2.
2. Check for airway obstructions by gently tilting head to have a clear view of the throat. If victim is not lying flat on back, gently place them in position.
3. Begin chest compressions by positioning yourself above them and placing the heel of your hand in the middle of their chest. Place your other hand on top of your first and interlace fingers and begin compressions. Your arms should remain straight and be sure to keep your fingers off their chest, just use the heel of your hand. You want to compress at least 2 inches, and aim for a speed of at least 100 pushes per minute. Push hard and fast. Give about 30 compressions, then begin breathing.
4. Begin rescue breathing. Tilt their head back by lifting the chin and pushing the forehead back. Pinch their nose and inhale normally, maintaining a tight seal on the victims mouth as you exhale. Let their chest fall then repeat. Each breath should be one second long and deep enough so their chest rises. Avoid deep breaths.
5. Give 30 more chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute.
6. Give 2 more breaths.
7. Keep alternating breathing and chest compressions for 2 minutes, and then stop to check for breathing. If they are still not breathing begin CPR again, stopping to check for breathing every two minutes until help arrives. Once victim breathes you can discontinue CPR.
Nothing beats hands on training. Your local Red Cross, hospital, and Police stations often hold free or low cost CPR certification.
Hands Only CPR video
For more information please visit the American Heart Association.