It’s a fact that many people have either hesitated learning CPR or won’t utilize their lifesaving training because they fear giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stranger. You don’t have to worry about mouth-to-mouth any longer, thanks to Hands Only CPR (also known as Sidewalk CPR)! Now, anyone can learn this new, easy, and safe version of CPR – and everyone should!
Sadly, an astonishing 70 percent of Americans still may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or they fear giving mouth-to-mouth. This alarming statistic could hit close to home because home is where the majority of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.
Hands-Only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies where someone has witnessed another person suddenly collapse. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside of medical settings, and is both easier to teach and more likely to be applied than traditional CPR that includes mouth-to-mouth.
It’s easy! If you witness a teen or adult suddenly collapse or you suspect a person is in cardiac arrest, follow this simple two step procedure: First, call 9-1-1, as it’s essential to get paramedics to the scene as quickly as possible. Next, roll the person on their back and do hands-only CPR. This is accomplished by pushing down hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Push down approximately two inches and try for about 100 beats per minute. Appropriately enough, sing to yourself the lyrics to the song "Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees. That will keep you at the correct pace.
You don’t need to possess any sort of CPR certificate or have any specialized training to perform Hand’s Only CPR.
When contemplating performing CPR, some fear that they may hurt the person. But the reality is that you can't hurt them if they're in cardiac arrest. All you can do is help them.
You’re just about ready to be a potential lifesaver if someone goes into cardiac arrest. To further hone your skills, copy and paste the link below, and watch the two-minute video produced by the American Heart Association.
Next, stop by any fire station and ask a firefighter to show you how to perform Hands Only (or Sidewalk) CPR. It’s easy!
Congratulations! You are now ready to save a life using this simple and safe method of CPR!