CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is useful in treating victims suffering from cardiac rest. Cardiac arrest can be fatal, so it’s important to utilize CPR immediately.
CPR is traditionally taught using mouth-to-mouth. However, in 2008 the American Heart Association said that hands-only CPR can be just as effective, and not as…er…intimate.
Not only is this less awkward, but hand-only CPR is also easier to learn. Plus, it’s actually much safer for the victim (a win-win).
Follow These Steps When Performing Hands-Only CPR
- As soon as you think someone has gone into cardiac arrest, dial 911.
- Lay the victim on their back. Tilt their head slightly up, so their airway opens.
- Put your ear close to their mouth and listen for signs of breathing. If you don’t think they’re breathing, CPR is necessary.
- Put your dominant hand over your other hand, wrapping your fingers around each other. Place your hands in the middle of the victim’s chest.
- Keep your shoulders over your hands, and use the weight of your body to push down about 2 inches into their chest. Quickly release the compression, so that both your hands and their chest return to normal. Then repeat the motion. The Red Cross recommends repeating this process at about 100 compressions per minute. If it helps, repeat the compressions along to the beat of the song “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees (this is the speed necessary to help keep the victim alive).
- Keep compressing the victim’s chest until medical professionals arrive.
Need a visual? Watch the video below to see how it’s done.