Hot Links: Hands-Only CPR

I attended First Aid and CPR/AED training this week to renew my certification. Expecting only a refresher, I was surprised at how much had changed in the two years since I last certified.

The new focus of CPR is almost exclusively on performing chest compressions. Don’t worry about giving breaths, or anything else. The most important things you can do for someone experiencing cardiac arrest are the following.

Two Steps to Save a Life

Go to Hands-Only CPR today to learn more about this lifesaving technique.

All images are from the the American Heart Association, unless otherwise noted.

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8 thoughts on “Hot Links: Hands-Only CPR

  1. AustinDM

    And make sure
    1) that you are pushing hard and fast on their chest, not punching.

    and

    2) that they are in fact in need of CPR, and not taking a nap.

  2. rumpydog

    much nicer than before, when they used to tell ya what to do after they puked on ya…. give ’em more breaths? are you for real?

  3. Frances antoinette

    Good post….it is a common misconception that CPR is only life-saving if the breaths are involved, and unfortunately this may be a large source of hesitation performing CPR on someone.

  4. jokerbiker

    This has just had some huge publicity in the UK too. The other thing we’re told is to push hard and FAST. I was taught to push in time to the beat in the song, ‘Nellie the Elephant’ (if you don’t know it, google it. It’s a great kids song) but the new tune to use is ‘Stayin Alive’ by the Bee Gees. A whole lot more relevant maybe 🙂

    J

    1. Ammon Post author

      We were instructed to perform 100 compressions per minute and–guess what? Stayin’ Alive is about 103 beats per minute. So, if you can keep along to the rhythm of the song you’ll be doing great!

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