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"Hands-only CPR"  technique could save a life

March 17, 2019

'Hands-Only' CPR

  Hands-only CPR can save lives.  The American Heart Association states that "Almost 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.  CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival."  Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander.  

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).

Here are the basics of what you should do: 

Check for responsiveness – shake the person and shout “Are you OK?”

Call 9-1-1 – either tell someone to call or make the call yourself

Compress - Push hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of 100 per minute.

More detailed breakdown
1. Kneel beside the person who needs help.

2. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.

3. Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand, then lace your fingers together.

4. Position your body so that your shoulders are directly over your hands, and keep your arms straight.

5. Push hard, push fast. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. (Just be sure to let chest rise completely between compressions.)

6. Keep pushing. Continue hands-only CPR until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, another trained responder or EMS professional can take over, you're too exhausted to continue, an AED becomes available, or the scene becomes unsafe.

The victim should be flat on their back preferably on the floor. Alternating mouth-to-mouth breaths is not necessary using this method. Compressions are adequate except in drowning or drug overdose situations where 30 chest compressions are followed by two mouth-to-mouth breaths.

Every household should have at least one person trained in life-saving skills!

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Source: American Heart Association

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