How to Perform Hands-Only CPR
Most people who experience cardiac arrest die because CPR was not given. As a bystander, the new Hands-Only CPR guidelines is easier to remember and easier to give. Remember, any attempt to provide CPR to someone is better than no attempt at all. And, you may just save a life.
There are two simple steps to performing Hands-Only CPR as dictated by the American Heart Association and they are call 911 and push hard and fast.
Senior Care and Hands-Only CPR
How to give Hands-Only CPR:
- Remember to be specific as to your location, especially when calling from a cell phone. Also, know that answering the 911 operator’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
- Kneel beside the person in need of help.
- Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.
- Place the heel of the other hand on top of the other and lace your fingers.
- Position your body so that your shoulders are directly over your hands and keep your arms straight.
Push Hard and Push Fast:
- Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 – 120 compressions per minute (Make sure the chest rises completely between compressions).
- If you know the song “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, sing it in your head or out loud and push hard to the beat of the song. If you don’t know the song, view the video below.
- Continue to administer Hands-Only CPR until the person begins to breathe or another trained responder or EMS professional can take over.
See, easy right? Call 911, begin compressions pushing hard and fast until help arrives.
Whether you are providing senior care to someone in their home or you are in the mall, if you see someone collapse and they’re unresponsive, you now have the tools or know-how to save a life.
For my fellow YHC Caregivers, please view the video above. After viewing the video, please send us an email with the answers to the below question:
1. At the end of the video, what does the announcer/spokesman tell us to do:
If you see a __________ or ____________ collapse, start Hands-Only CPR.