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Hands-only CPR Saves Lives

Posted on October 11, 2015 By

The latest technique for doing CPR is easy to learn and it is something that every adult needs to learn how to do. It is called “Hands-only CPR” which is CPR without including mouth-to-mouth breaths.

If performed immediately it can double or even  triple the victim’s chance of survival.

The American Heart Association now recommends “Hands-only” CPR when a TEEN or ADULT suddenly collapses in cardiac arrest.

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Two Easy Steps:

STEP 1:  Check person, call 9-1-1 if no response

STEP 2: Begin chest compression if unresponsive and not breathing –  push hard and rhythmically in the center of the collapsed person’s chest – and stop only if you see an obvious sign of life (breathing).

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As a bystander, you need to immediately begin high-quality chest compression without interruption.

Use the heel of one hand with the other hand stacked on top of it and lace your fingers together. Compress the chest at least 2-inches.

Change off with a 2nd bystander every two minutes or so because this is a very tiring thing to do. If you are alone, just do your best. The idea is to keep at it until emergency help arrives and tells you that they will now take over.

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WATCH THIS SHORT HOW-TO VIDEO  HERE

DOWNLOAD a 1-page HANDS-ONLY CPR FACT SHEET HERE

FIND MORE DETAILED PRINTED INFORMATION HERE

REMEMBER: Any attempt to provide CPR to a victim is better than no attempt to provide help.

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Addendum

WHEN TO USE CPR WITH MOUTH-TO-MOUTH BREATHING:
1. For all infants and children up to puberty
2. For anyone found already unconscious and not breathing normally
3. For victims of drowning, drug overdose, or collapse due to breathing problems

 

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