While we highly suggest people to take CPR classes or even getting certified, the next best thing is to learn Hands-Only CPR. It is a technique that anyone can learn in under a minute that and can potentially help save someone’s life.
What is Hands-Only CPR?
CPR is critical to the survival of cardiac arrest victims however research suggests that most people are often too intimidated to perform conventional CPR in these emergency situations. This is why the American Heart Association invented a simplified version, called Hands-Only CPR.
Hands-Only CPR is like regular CPR but without the rescue breathing step. The American Heart Association invented this new technique because people feel more confident performing this type of simplified CPR. Instead of people standing by on the sidelines in an emergency, people will be less intimidated to perform this type of CPR while waiting for an ambulance.
Hands-On CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Note: For infants and children, conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breathing is recommended over Hands-Only CPR.
How to Perform Hands-Only CPR
If a person collapses and they are not breathing then you should perform Hands-Only CPR. Do not be afraid, your actions can only improve the person’s chances for survival.
There are only two steps for administering Hands-Only CPR:
- Dial 911 and ask for an ambulance.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”
It’s really that simple!
Hands-Only CPR Video Demonstration
View the official AHA Hands-Only CPR Instructional video on YouTube.