Understanding Hands Only CPR

Understanding Hands Only CPR

Most people want to know “what is it? Does this mean they are not teaching breathing in the CPR classes anymore?”

I am going to answer both of these questions and hope this gives you an understanding of Hands Only CPR and encourage you to take a CPR class and remember to renew every two years.

Most people experience cardiac arrest in 3 places; home, work and public settings. Because of this, as by standers, it’s important to be able to provider CPR until EMS can arrive.


Traditional CPR

Is a class led course where you have an instructor and video, where you can watch while practice with corrective instruction for your instructor. This class you are tested on your skills on a manikin and learning breathing is still part of the course.

Steps to perform traditional CPR




Before you start CPR:

Aim: To restore blood circulation with chest compressions.

Is the person unconscious?

If they look like they are unconscious, shake their shoulder and ask loudly if they are OK.

If there is no response and 2 people are present, one should dial 911 and the

other should begin CPR. If you are alone with the victim, dial 911 first and then start CPR. If you think the person is unresponsive because of suffocation due drowning for example, this is a special

case. Begin CPR for one minute and then dial 911.

If an automated external defibrillator (AED,) is available, use this immediately and then begin CPR.

Hands-Only CPR — Facts

Sudden cardiac arrest claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year. One of the main reasons is because no one at the scene does anything to help.

In fact, less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Getting help right away — within a few minutes — is the key to survival.

People who have a sudden cardiac arrest and don’t get help right away will probably die.

Fortunately, the American Heart Association has a new way for anyone to step in and help adults who suddenly collapse — Hands-Only CPR.

Anyone can perform Hands-Only CPR and everyone should perform it if they aren’t confident in their CPR skills or haven’t learned conventional CPR.

Hands-Only CPR is easy to remember and results in delivery of more, uninterrupted chest compressions until more advanced care arrives on the scene.

Bystanders must take action when they see someone suddenly collapse and stop breathing normally. When effective bystander CPR is given immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Hands-Only CPR can help save lives.

Do not give Hands-Only CPR to infants and children — all infants and children who have a sudden cardiac arrest need conventional CPR.

Hands-Only CPR is NOT recommended for:

Unresponsive infants and children

Victims of:

– drowning

– trauma

– airway obstruction

– acute respiratory diseases

– apnea, such as associated with drug overdose



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