According to the American Red Cross, many people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. That means someone is in the right place at the right time to not only call for help but also begin administering CPR.
Over the years, CPR has undergone changes as research has shown certain techniques to be more effective than others. Hands-Only CPR is current recommended technique. It can help buy first responders more time to get to the scene when a person experiencing a cardiac event.
In a situation where a heart attack occurs, it’s critical to act quickly. This decision can be the difference between life and death for the individual. That is why it is important for all of us to do our part and have a basic understanding of Hands-Only CPR.
- First, call 9-1-1 for help.
- Second, push hard and fast in the center of the chest
Hands-Only CPR should only be sustained until professional medical help is available. Additionally, resources like the American Red Cross have training videos that can help you perfect your technique.
For flexible training options on Hands-Only CPR, First Aid and other health and safety topics, visit the American Red Cross website.
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