Every year, over 350,000 Americans have sudden cardiac arrests outside of a hospital. Of these, only 10% survive. However, if more people knew how to perform hands-only CPR, many of these lives could be saved.
Hands-only CPR is a form of CPR that does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It is a simple and effective way to provide lifesaving care until professional help arrives. In fact, studies have shown that hands-only CPR is just as effective as traditional CPR for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
How to Perform Hands-Only CPR
If you see someone collapse, the first thing you should do is shout for help, call 911, and call out for an AED. Then, you can begin performing hands-only CPR. Here’s how:
1. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the person’s chest.
2. Place your other hand on top and interlace your fingers.
3. Using your body weight, begin compressions at a rate of 100-120 per minute.
4. Continue compressions until an AED can be used or if no AED is available until professional help arrives or the victim begins to show signs of life.
It’s important to note that hands-only CPR should only be used for victims of sudden cardiac arrest who are unresponsive and not breathing normally. If the victim is responsive and breathing normally, you should not perform CPR and should instead call 911.
Hands-only CPR is a simple and effective way to provide lifesaving care in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. By knowing how to perform hands-only CPR, you can make a difference in the lives of those around you.
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