Practical skills

How to perform chest compressions

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2021
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module outlines the correct technique for performing chest compressions for adults in cardiac arrest. Accurate hand placement on the patient’s chest to ensure the heart is compressed effectively and recommended depth and rate of compression to perfuse the myocardium are addressed.

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Andrew Parry, Lecturer, adult nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales.


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