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How do I position myself correctly to perform CPR on an adult?

  1. Position your body correctly by kneeling beside the person’s upper chest, placing your hands in the correct position.
  2. Keep your arms and elbows as straight as possible so that your shoulders are directly over your hands. 
  3. Compressing the person’s chest straight down will help you reach the necessary depth. Using the correct body position also will be less tiring for you.
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