When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every second counts. The longer a patient goes without Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the less likely their chance of survival. Unfortunately, that is what happens all too often. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 70% of Americans feel helpless during emergency situations and hesitate to act.
To help ease fears and increase the chances of patients getting the assistance they need, the AHA has developed Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps:
- Call 9-1-1 or assign someone to do so.
- Begin chest compressions. Place one hand on top of the other, interlacing the fingers and push hard and fast in the center of the chest using the heel of the hand. To help CPR givers deliver chest compression at the correct intervals, the AHA recommends doing so to the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive.” Continue giving compressions until help arrives.
For more information, visit the American Heart Association's Hands-Only CPR page or download a Hands-Only CPR app from both Google and iTunes. Download our Hands-Only CPR pdf. We also offer free hands-only CPR training for businesses, schools, and community groups within our district. Please call 858-756-5971 for more information.