Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is designed to keep blood flowing when the heart has stopped due to cardiac arrest. Hands-only CPR-which involves just chest compressions and no mouth-to-mouth breaths-is easy enough that almost anyone can use it to increase a victim’s chance of survival more than twofold. Here’s what to do:
Call 911. Put your phone speaker, and the dispatcher can talk you through the technique while you do CPR.
Keep the beat. Knee down next to the person and press down hard in the center of the chest with both hands on top of each other.. Try to compress at least 2 inches deep. And move quickly-ideally at a rate of 100 compressions per minute. To help you keep the pace, sing the Bee Gees “Stayin Alive” (a song with 100 beats per minute) and compress in time to the song.
Learn more. To gain more confidence in your CPR skills study up-or sign up for a CPR course. Check out the American Heart Association (cpr.heart.org) and the Red Cross (redcross.org/take-a-class) for a list of courses, videos, and step-by-step guides.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018
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