Performing CPR

Learning how to perform CPR properly takes just a few short hours, but it can change a life forever. At the American Red Cross, we offer best-in-class in-person, online and blended learning CPR courses designed for adults, children, healthcare providers, schools and more. However, like many things, if you don't use your skills frequently, they're often easy to forget.

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Adult CPR

Find information on performing CPR on adults. This quick guide gives you details on body positioning, hand placement and timing so that you can effectively help an adult in need.

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Hands-Only CPR

Learn to perform CPR using an effective compression-only technique that can be administered by just one person.

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Child & Baby CPR

Children and babies need specialized care when they're experiencing breathing or cardiac emergencies. Find out how to safely perform CPR on children and infants.

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Find step-by-step instructions to help you safely perform CPR on your pet in his or her time of need.

Why Train With the Red Cross

Red Cross CPR/AED Training Saves Lives

Reid Heiser, Life Saver
One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

Red Cross training matters
For more than a century, we've prepared people to respond to emergencies of all sizes - from the everyday to the large disaster. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

"Without my friend's training, I would not be here"
- Watch Bre Dumke's Story

"I'm really glad she survived that"
- Watch the Snyder Family's Story