CPR

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or rescue breathing is breathing into a person's mouth and pushing down on his or her chest. It is used in emergencies when someone's heart stops beating, or when he or she stops breathing.

CPR works to move blood to the person's brain to help prevent brain damage. CPR can help keep someone alive until a health professional arrives.

Last Updated: May 1, 2008

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine

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