Hands Only CPR

If you saw someone collapse, whould you know what to do to help?

Hands-only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies when someone has seen another person suddenly collapse. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.

There are just two steps to “Hands-Only” CPR.

  1. Call 911 and quickly, but clearly, give the address of your location.
  2. Give the patient chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

“Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

Hands-only CPR is different from Full CPR in a few ways. Full CPR combines rescue breaths with chest compressions and is sometimes the best option for emergencies such as those involving infants and children, drowning victims, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

SLC Fire provides CPR training classes each month. For more information, click here.