How to Perform Hands-only CPR
Performing hands only CPR is very easy to learn and an excellent skill for everyone to have to help save a life in an emergency. There are several key steps to follow to make sure you are performing CPR correctly.
- If you see someone suddenly collapse and you happen to be a bystander first check their responsiveness. Call 911 and tell someone to grab an AED. You can check the carotid pulse. To check your pulse over your carotid artery, place your index and middle fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe. When you feel your pulse, look at your watch and count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by 4 to get your heart rate per minute. You can look to see if the person is breathing normally. We always tell people to “look, listen and feel” look to see if you have any chest rising, listen to hear for breathing, and feel if they are breathing by placing your ear close to their mouth. If we have established there is no pulse no breathing immediately begin CPR.
- To perform CPR place the heel of one hand on the center part of the chest between the nipple line and place your other hand over it. Your shoulders should be positioned directed above your hands and your elbows should be locked into place.
- Press down on the center of the chest using enough force to cause the breastbone to sink in to a depth of two inches
- Compress the chest 30 times at a pace of around 100-120 a minute just a little bit quicker than one second each. You should allow the chest to recoil completely between compressions
- Tilt the chin and open the airway to get ready to deliver two breaths mouth to mouth watch for chest rise
- Continue this cycle of 30 compressions to 2 breaths until help arrives
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