Are you prepared to help in a medical emergency if someone goes into cardiac arrest? A cardiac patient’s chance of becoming a long-term survivor are more than doubled if a bystander on the scene administers prompt CPR.
Administering hands-only CPR (without breaths) is a simple technique that only takes a few minutes to learn.
Watch this short video to learn the steps for performing hands-only CPR – you could save a life.
If you see someone collapse, follow these steps:
- CALL 9-1-1 or send someone else to call 9-1-1.
- Know your location.
- Send someone to get an AED, if available.
- Turn on phone speaker if you are alone.
- If you do not speak English, tell the dispatcher what language you speak. Stay on the phone and turn on speaker.
- Listen to 9-1-1 and follow the directions they give you, to do CPR.
- Make sure the scene is safe.
- If the person is not responsive or not breathing normally – tap them on the shoulder and shout, “Are you ok. Are you ok?” If the person doesn’t move, speak, blink, or otherwise react, then he or she is not responding.
- Move person to a hard, flat surface
- Place one hand on top of the other, in the center of the chest, right between the nipples
- Get up directly over the person’s chest locking your arms straight and shoulders aligned over the chest
- Lace your fingers together and use only the heel of your hand to push on the center of the chest
- Push DOWN hard (at least 2 inches) then let all your weight off the chest so the chest goes all the way back UP to its neutral position
- Push HARD and FAST (100-120 times per minute)
- Don’t stop until help arrives or take turns with someone if you get tired.
You can save a life by learning hands-only CPR.