Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a series of chest compressions and mouth to mouth resuscitation, which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. CPR helps to pump blood around the person’s body, when their heart can’t. When performed correctly, CPR can restore blood flow to the heart, brain and other vital organs, saving the individual’s life.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
If you have not received any training on CPR you can perform “Hands Only” CPR. “Hands Only” CPR uses only chest compressions to keep blood flowing until appropriate medical help arrives.
Note: “Hands Only” CPR isn’t recommended for children below the age of 8.
HOW TO PERFORM “HANDS ONLY” CPR
- Kneel beside the person who needs help
- Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.
- Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand and lock your fingers together.
- Position your body such that your shoulders are directly over your hands, and keep your arms straight.
- Push hard and fast using your body weight to administer the compressions. Make sure each compression is between 2 – 2.4 inches deep, and the chest rises completely after each compression.
- Be sure to do at least 100/120 compressions per minute;using the beat of
“Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Hips don’t Lie” by Shakira or “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce as a guide.
- Continue until you notice obvious signs of life or trained medical attention arrives. If the person begins to breathe, roll him/her onto the side so any fluids can drain from their mouth.