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Q: What is the chest compression rate for adult CPR? 

A. 50/min
B. 100/min
C. 100-120/min
D. As many as you can

The basics of CPR has changed since 2010. Major changes for all rescuers, all of which are intended to simplify CPR for rescuers and improve bystander response, include:

A change in the CPR sequence, from Airway-Breathing-Compressions (A-B-C) to Compressions-Airway-Breathing (C-A-B)

Continued emphasis on providing high-quality chest compressions: Push hard, push fast. Minimize interruptions. Allow full chest recoil. Avoid excessive ventilation.

Chest should be depressed at least 2 inches (as opposed to approximately 1 ½ to 2 inches, recommended in 2005)

Chest compressions should be performed at a rate of 100-120/min (the 2005 recommendation was to “compress at a rate of about 100/min”)


Answer: (C). 100-120/min


It takes a lot of effort to go through the DANB® exams.  Staying focused for the entire length of the exam and paying attention to every detail is extremely difficult. It is like running a marathon. So, the best thing you can do is to practice with the mock exam.

SmarterDA has timed mock exams for all of their courses. If you join the course, you will be able to prepare yourself for this big day so much better. All students who have taken the mock boards with SmarterDA felt so much more confident. But enough about SmarterDA – the point today was to know the basics of CPR.

Have another fabulous day!


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Author: Claire RDH, MS

Claire is the founder of StudentRDH and SmarterDA– exams prep solutions for the dental hygiene and dental assisting students. The online solutions deliver content of the highest quality through the latest e-learning technology. According to some students, studying is now “addictive!” Prior to her career in the dental field, Claire was an education specialist at Boston Children’s Museum. Claire is licensed to practice in the United States as well as Canada.

Disclaimer: DANB® is a registered trademark of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (“DANB”). This article is not sponsored or endorsed by or affiliated with the DANB.