You don't need to know how to perform mouth-to-mouth cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. You can use hands-only CPR.
Hands-only CPR how-to:
- Call 911 if you see someone collapse and they're not responsive when you ask them if they are OK.
- Push hard and fast in the center of the person's chest. Use the beat of the disco classic "Stayin' Alive" to guide your compressions. No mouth-to-mouth breathing is required.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the vast majority of cardiac arrests take place at home or in a nonhospital public place. Most people who haven't learned CPR feel helpless to act in that situation. Yet when a person has a cardiac arrest, their survival depends on how quickly someone performs CPR. For every minute that passes before help arrives, SCA survival odds decrease by 7% to 10%.
That's where hands-only CPR come in. It has been shown to be as effective as full CPR during the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest.
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