CPR in adults: Positioning your hands for chest compressions

Illustration of positioning your hands for chest compressions

If an adult is not breathing normally or if a child is not breathing at all after rescue breaths, find the compression landmark.

  • Kneel next to the person. Use your fingers to locate the end of the person's breastbone, where the ribs come together. Place two fingers at the tip of the breastbone.
  • Place the heel of the other hand right above your fingers (on the side closest to the person's face).
  • Use both hands to give compressions. Stack your other hand on top of the one that you just put in position. Lace the fingers of both hands together, and raise your fingers so they do not touch the chest.

Last Updated: May 1, 2008

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

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