Hands-only CPR

Hands-only CPR

What happens when a family member or friend suddenly collapses? Would you know what you can do to help?

Hands-only CPR is a basic method to provide blood circulation for a person who is in cardiac arrest. If you see and adult or older teenager suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and start pressing hard and fast in the center of their chest, to the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive.” That’s it!

Video courtesy of the American Heart Association:

Make sure to give 9-1-1 your exact location when you call, especially if you call from a cell phone or other mobile device. That will ensure the 9-1-1 dispatcher has the most correct information about how do send EMS to your location. Telling them this information will not delay the dispatch of the EMS unit.

More information about Hands-only CPR can be found at the AHA’s Hands-only CPR website.

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