The new CPR: CPR Chest compressions only
Prepare yourself for the proper CPR chest compressions steps before you hit the pool this summer
The latest studies show that chest-compression-only CPR is just as effective as traditional CPR at saving a life. With “hands-only CPR,” mouth-to-mouth breaths are not necessary.
What to do in an emergency:
- Either call 911 or ask someone to make the call.
- Place the person on the floor on his or her back.
- Place the heel of one hand on top of the other in the center of the person’s chest.
- Lock your elbows and begin forceful chest compressions.
- After each chest compression, let the chest completely re-expand before pressing again.
- Perform chest compressions till emergency medical help arrives.
- If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, turn on device and follow the voice instructions.
Tip: The American Heart Association suggests performing chest compressions to the disco beat of “Stayin’ Alive” (pun definitely intended).
Save a life, learn CPR. To find a CPR certification class near you, visit the American Heart Association’s CPR class website.