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Adult CPR is performed by checking for patient responsiveness, contacting emergency services, and checking for breathing for up to 10 seconds. Next, perform 30 compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute and a depth of 5 to 6 cm in the centre of the chest. Compressions should be the same speed on the push and the release and in a regular interval.

These 30 compressions should be followed by two rescue breaths; repeat the cycle until an AED or emergency services arrives. Do not waste time between the compressions and the breaths. It should just be a 5-10 second break in giving the compressions and no more than 10 seconds. It is vital to keep the oxygen-rich blood pumping around the body.   

Rescue breaths are carried out by opening the airway with the head-tilt-chin-lift. Squeezing the soft part of the nose, and sealing your mouth around the victim's, blow gently in for about one second or until you see the chest rise.