How to position you hands for adult CPR

CPR can help keep the brain and other vital organs alive during cardiac arrest by pushing oxygen-filled blood throughout the body. High-quality chest compressions are the most important part of CPR and have the biggest impact on survival of cardiac arrest.

So, it’s crucial that you practice proper hand placement when performing chest compressions.

CPR hand placement for adults

For adults, position your hands over the lower half of the sternum. Follow these chest compression steps to ensure you are positioned correctly:

  • Place the heel of one hand on the center (middle) of the victim’s chest (which is the lower half of the sternum).
  • Place the heel of the other hand directly on top of the first.
  • Lift or interlace your fingers.
  • Position your shoulders directly over your hands.
  • Keep your arms straight.
  • Push straight down (aim for a compression depth of at least 2 inches).

Allow the chest to fully rise between compressions. And avoid lifting your hands completely off the chest.

Push hard and fast until you see obvious signs of life or until EMS arrives and takes over.


Contact us to practice your compression technique and get certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.


About Faisal Javed Mir

Faisal Javed Mir is Occupational Health and Safety Professional, having 15+ years of profound experience in training and consultancy. He has knowledge, skills, experience, tools, proven history and confidence to deliver what is required by the valued clients. He is teaching First Aid since 2006 and certified by MEDIC First Aid International of United States for many first aid certification programs. He is the only Instructor-Trainer by MEDIC First Aid and American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) in Pakistan.
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