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:
- Check to see if they will respond to your call or touch
- Call 911, or have someone nearby call 911
- 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”).
- 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!
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.