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February is heart month: knowing hands-only CPR can save a life

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. Make sure the scene is safe.
  3. 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.
  4. Move person to a hard, flat surface
  5. Place one hand on top of the other, in the center of the chest, right between the nipples
  6. Get up directly over the person’s chest locking your arms straight and shoulders aligned over the chest
  7. Lace your fingers together and use only the heel of your hand to push on the center of the chest
  8. 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
  9. Push HARD and FAST (100-120 times per minute)
  10. 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.