Hands-only CPR

Cardiology/Heart Care

March 14, 2018

Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies, but it’s simple to learn and easy to remember. For a refresher any time, you can print up this page and keep it with the rest of your first-aid supplies.

What to do:

Check the scene and the person

Make sure the scene is safe, tap the person on the shoulder to see if they’re OK, and look for signs of rhythmic, normal breathing.

Call 911 for assistance 

If there’s no response from the victim when asked if he or she is OK, call 911 or ask a bystander to call for help.

Begin compressions

If the person is unresponsive:

  • KNEEL beside the person who needs help.
  • PLACE THE HEEL OF ONE HAND on the center of the chest.
  • PLACE THE HEEL OF THE OTHER HAND on top of the first hand, then lace your fingers together.
  • POSITION YOUR BODY so that your shoulders are directly over your hands, and keep your arms straight.
  • 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.)
  • 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. 

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