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Save a life through Hands-only CPR

Technique uses only chest compressions in cardiac emergencies

Hands on bare chest of manWould you know what to do if someone went into sudden cardiac arrest?

According to the American Red Cross, a quarter of Americans say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation). But only a third of people who experience cardiac arrest at home of in public get immediate CPR.

The American Heart Association says many bystanders are worried they might do something wrong, so they are trying to educate people about Hands-Only CPR. The technique has been shown to be as effective as other methods of CPR in emergencies.

There are two steps:

  1. Call 911
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest

The goal is to provide compressions until an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) arrives and is ready to use or EMS providers take over care.

The American Heart Association produced this video to demonstrate the technique:

Conventional CPR (breaths and compressions) is still recommended for infants and children, drowning victims, drug overdoses and other respiratory problems.

Experts recommend everyone take a CPR training program to learn when to use both techniques and practice skills for high-quality chest compressions.

Learn more about Hands-Only CPR