Hands-Only CPR

Today the American Heart Association suggests the hands-only CPR approach instead of traditional mouth-to-mouth CPR.  With this new change, people’s chances of survival who suffer from a heart attack have increased. Before the hands-only CPR approach, the survival rate from a heart attack outside of a hospital was about 6%, and now the percentage has increased to about 12%.

If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, here are the steps you should follow to perform hands-only CPR:

  1. Check to see if they will respond to your call or touch
  2. Call 911, or have someone nearby call 911
  3. Place your hands in the center of the chest and start pushing hard and fast (about 100 chest compressions per minute, which is the rhythm of “Stayin’ Alive”).
  4. Once you become tired switch with someone around you if possible. If not, continue till paramedics arrive.

Watch a video by the Johnston Health team to learn how CPR can save a life!

CPR Training

At Johnston Health, we have made it our mission to help educate our community on the importance of hands-only CPR and to train as many people as possible. Our training is made possible in part by a grant from the RACE CARS Heart Rescue Project.